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It’s Official – Saturday Is Lloyd’s Last

Seven rides - and that's it

Champion jockey Jeff Lloyd, who returned to South Africa in 2018 in a final bid to win the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, will ride in his final racemeeting on Saturday.

Starting with his first ride aboard the aptly named So Humble in the 1978 Rothmans July, where he finished 3rd, he filled that frustrating position on a further ten occasions in Africa’s greatest race before going second on Made To Conquer last year.

Jeff Lloyd

On Saturday he will have rides for Toby Edmonds (Sunday Session and Granny Red Shoes), Chris Waller (Auerbach), Tony Gollan (Kemsrey), Chris Munce (Woolsey), Kris Lees (Mongolian Wolf) and Richard Laming (All Hard Wood) at Doomben.

“They have all supported me and it is a good to have a ride for them on my final day,” he said. “It is a good lot of rides and I would naturally like to go out on a winning note.”

Jeff was born in the UK on 1 September 1961. His family settled in SA in 1973 and he joined the SA Jockey Academy in 1975 under the tutelage of Cyril Buckham, David Cave and Vince Curtis.

Lloyd was renowned in his adoptive homeland as well as the tough schools of Hong Kong and Sydney before moving to Queensland in 2012.

However, he suffered a stroke at a Sunshine Coast race meeting in March 2013 and missed more than a year of riding.

It would have been easy for Lloyd to retire but he was determined he wanted his two sons to see him ride at his best. Since returning he has won three Queensland metropolitan jockeys’ premierships with a fourth in his keeping well before Saturday.

He has ridden 560 winners in that time, set a metropolitan record of 137 in a season and became the oldest jockey to win the metropolitan premiership.

Lloyd announced last year he would retire and set Saturday as the farewell date at the start of the winter carnival. He intends to devote his time to helping his boys become professional jockeys. “It is on to a new chapter in my life,” he said.

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17 comments on “It’s Official – Saturday Is Lloyd’s Last

  1. DavidS says:

    Watched the champ from the start of his career,, saw him as a young appie fighting out finishes with the greats of the time, well done Mr Lloyd

  2. Kaviraj Persand says:

    Happy retirement GOVERNOR! The best we have seen in action in Mauritius too.

  3. Ronnie Ramasamy says:

    I grew up with this champion. What an excellent jockey. Happy retirement Jeff Lloyd

  4. Mike smith says:

    Rode the fantastic WOLF POWER a fine jockey.

  5. Heath Wilbraham says:

    All the best for your retirement Jeff , a master at your trade . Remember well the days you partnered the great Wolf Power . Cheers

  6. Nicole Mariemuthoo says:

    Happy Retirement……you the most talented Jockey…. I’ve ever known….. Well done….. And remember… We LOVE YOU….

  7. Kumz says:

    All the best Jeff, may your sons keep the great legacy going…

  8. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Gov we had many good times at Flynns place…I’ll never forget when you reversed into Zorro’s Black ML 500 he cried like a baby…Gov wishing you all the best it was a honour to have been around your ridings days holding your own amongst theeee best Jocks in the world…Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

  9. Sarvan says:

    All the best Jeff. You were simply the best with or without the ‘July’. My late Dad simply couldn’t see past you when it came to the backing any horse. When ever you asked him what he backed, the answer was always ‘Kanwa’ offcourse :). I’ll never forget the day of his funeral, I backed a horse called Divine Jury and guess who rode it!. ‘Kanwa’ offcourse and when he won on Divine Jury in the Classic up in JHB, I looked up to the skies and said thanks Dad for the win on ‘Kanwa’, this one’s for you. Thanks for the memories Jeff, money comes and go but memories are there for ever( well we pray so). You are and will always be the best.

  10. Adesh rambally says:

    stay strong Jeff.

  11. Elvis says:

    All da best Jeff fond memories of da Grey bomber (Wolf Power) n da other grey Bodrum also dat duel wid Main man n Model man in da Mainstay International. Top jock enjoy ur retirement. Regards Elvis – Da Clair wood Park Boyz.

  12. Rian says:

    Well Played Jeff , would be an Honor just to watch you ride once more in AFRICA

  13. Sai says:

    Legend 🤞

  14. Proud to have been part of your star studded career. Celtic Grove stands out as one of our many victories. Wish you well in whatever you wish to do

  15. Sanjay says:

    Wish you a blessed retirement Jeff, well done on your career.

  16. Dylan says:

    A champion and a legend, one of the greatest ever worldwide! May you have a joyful retirement and may your sons have a safe and successful riding career as well. Stay well Guv

  17. Wendy says:

    Well done on a fantastic career. Wish you all the best in your retirement. God bless

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