Jim Bryne Jockey Of The Month July 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Jim Byrne
Jim Byrne is this month’s BetsFree Jockey of the Month. Sitting, almost, atop the Brisbane jockey’s premiership with 71.5 winners, after a double on Saturday at Eagle Farm, he has only Jeff Lloyd ahead on 74.
With 4 metro meetings remaining it could not get much tighter at the pointy end of things. Jim Byrne is currently sitting second on the Queensland jockey ladder, also, with 115 winners. Could the long-time champion jockey make it another premiership year and go back to back?
Last year’s premiership was Jim’s fourth, after winning his first in the 1997-98 season, and he still looks mighty hungry for more success. In the 2015 season he left all other comers in his wake and secured the title with weeks to spare. This season it is a much closer affair and he will need to come from behind to get the job done. Jim Byrne has the respect of Queensland’s trainers, because he has delivered consistent results year in and year out. Like a well-seasoned racehorse himself he knows how to win whatever the situation and whoever he is up against.
Jim Byrne – BetsFree Jockey of the Month: July 2016
Jim Byrne stays at home for most of his riding exploits, keeping the tracks warm in Brisbane for most of the year. He has, however, matched it with the best jockeys in the land and notched up Group 1 victories. He won the Stradbroke in 1999 on Adam, the Ascot Vale Stakes at Flemington on Gold Edition and the Queensland Cup aboard Murphy’s Delight more recently. Married with a few kids, Jim Byrne is a happy and contented man. He rides a lot of horses for the TJ Gollan stable and the RL Heathcote stable.
An interesting protest by Jim Byrne highlighted the new whip rules and their effect on racing results in this country. When Dream Choice beat Byrne’s mount Upstart Pride (well named in retrospect of the protest by the jockey) Byrne protested to stewards that Jeff Lloyd used his whip 3 times more than allowed, and that this is why his horse won the race.
Although stewards dismissed the protest, you can understand why Jim Byrne protested in the first place, because it does make a crucial difference in those last few strides in the shadow of the winning post. It is a heated topic amongst trainers and jockeys, these new whip guidelines.
BetsFree congratulates Jim Byrne on being declared our Jockey of the Month.