Jockey Of The Month

Jockey Of The Month

Elite Jockeys Of The Month

Some weeks certain Australian jockeys catch the eye and so we've introduced this Jockey Of The Month page to profile jockeys we consider worth keeping an eye on.

Jockey Of The Month: June 2018 Tye Angland

With not much on the thoroughbred racing calendar for the month of June, we have relied upon the good folks at Racing NSW to supply us with the statistics for the 2017 – 2018 season that causes us to pick Tye Angland as the Jockey of the Month for June.

With the season down to a matter of days, it would not appear as though Angland, currently number two on the table, can catch Brenton Avdulla, but it does appear that he closed the gap to some extent.

Jockey Of The Month June 2018 Tye Angland

Tye Angland seems to have second sewed up for the season set to end soon. Barring scratches, it seems that he has 11 races left for the season, a meeting at Canterbury and another at Kembla Grange.

In terms of prizemoney, he has well in excess of $10.3 million for the year from 727 starts.

His strike rate of 18.3 percent is in the top three of riders who have notched over 100 wins and his 133 firsts could grow with the engagements he has upcoming.

What caught our eyes is that Angland has been a consistent producer, not just this season, but also in seasons past. In the previous two, he was well up in the standings in 11th and ninth, the sort consistent results that attracts trainers.

Chris Waller is one who makes frequent use of Angland’s services; in fact, Angland has made almost 500 starts aboard Waller’s horses, well beyond double the number for Anthony Cummings.

Angland seems as though he was born to ride. He is just 28, but he took his first ride in 2005. In that span of time between then and now, he has taken in over $45 million in prizemoney.

He has continued to work hard in June, even though the big metro races for the season are over. In fact, his already impressing strike rate was even better over his past 50 rides, rising to 22 percent for the month.

For his career, he has recorded 11 Group 1 wins, seven Group 2s (a shrinking class) and 19 Group 3s. It is that mysterious “other” category of races, however, where Angland shines brightest. He has made almost 6,000 starts in races below Listed, where he is closing in on 800 wins and he carries a 36 percent win/place rate.

One of Angland’s biggest coups of the season was when he and Trapeze Artist sprinted clear of Redzel and In Her Time to win the T.J. Smith Stakes.

So, while the month of June may be a slow one for racing, we mean no disrespect to Angland and it would seem certain that his climb to the top of the premiership table in the not-so-distant future is assured.

Congratulations to Tye Angland, the June 2018 Jockey of the Month.

Jockey Of The Month: May 2018 Jeff Lloyd

With apologies to South Australia, most of the major thoroughbred action in the month of May is focused on Queensland, so it felt logical to select a rider from the Sunshine State as the Jockey of the Month.

We have to cop to the fact that we were sorely tempted to pick Ruby Ride because of our admitted love of surnames that are both verbs and adjectives for what a person does as an occupation, but Ms. Ride currently holds the 20th position on the list for the Brisbane Jockeys Premiership.

Jockey Of The Month January 2017 Jeff Lloyd

Instead, we have picked Jeff Lloyd, because not one of the top riders in Queensland is having a season even remotely close to what Lloyd is producing.

Unless Lloyd is banned for the month of June and number two Robbie Fradd wins a race every day for the month, Lloyd has the Queensland Brisbane jockeys premiership in the bag.

He has ridden more, won more and at a higher percentage rate, and earned more than any other jockey for the year.

As this is being written, he is sitting on 139 wins for the season and will probably move ahead of that figure by the time we get to the end of this sentence. Our sources show that he has made over 400 starts in the 2017 – 2018 Australian Thoroughbred Racing season, with a win/place strike rate just under 25 percent and almost $5.4 million in prizemoney. In well over 500 starts, he has won or placed 50 percent of the time.

It was his body of work for the season that tipped the balance in his favour, rather than what he did in the month of May. His biggest win for the month would seem to be the Group 3 BRC Sprint on May 19, when he steered Tony Gollan’s I’m A Rippa home ahead of Privlaka and Mr. Sneaky.

He is booked to ride six races, three for Toby Edmonds at Ipswich Wednesday coming, so the figures we mentioned earlier will climb.

Lloyd has been plying his trade in Brisbane for a long time.

He won the Brisbane premiership in 2016, three years after suffering a stroke and it would have seemed as though the final chapter in his remarkable riding career that spanned four decades had been written.

In 2017, he passed Chris Munce for wins in a season when he won three races at Ipswich to surpass Munce’s achievements in the 2011 – 2012 season.

During his remarkable career, Lloyd has ridden some remarkable horses. Houtzen is one that immediately comes to mind.

Congratulations to the May 2018 Jockey of the Month, Mr. Jeffrey Lloyd.

Jockey Of The Month: April 2018 Kerrin McEvoy

He has not won the most races during the 2017 – 2018 Australian thoroughbred racing season, he has not outworked the other jockeys, his current win total of 52 trails Brenton Avdulla by 14, but we have picked Kerrin McEvoy as the Jockey of the Month of April 2018 for one simple reason.

$12,134,910 reasons, actually, as that figure represents the prize money he has taken in to this point, as of late April. It is doubtful that any of the other top hoops can catch or pass McEvoy for the prizemoney crown of the NSW jockeys. As the vast bulk of the big money races are done for the season.

Kerrin McEvoy: Australian Jockey

McEvoy enjoys approximately a 50 percent edge in that category over his nearest competitors, Tye Angland, Blake Shinn and Avdulla. It is not as though McEvoy has had a banner April that prompted us to select him.

With the exception of his wins on Luvaluva in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick on April 7, and the Group 3 James Carr Stakes on Moss Trip at Randwick on April 21, McEvoy has won only benchmark races and a maiden for the month. It would actually appear as though McEvoy, by his standards and those of the racing business, has had a bad month. Rather, we noticed that we had overlooked McEvoy as the Jockey of the Month for all too long, so he was simply due as a matter of respect.

McEvoy is still riding like an apprentice, by which we mean he is showing up for work on a regular basis. Born in Streaky Bay, South Australia, he is already enshrined in the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2017.

He is just 37 years of age, so he could be around for a long time, as it is not uncommon for jockeys of his calibre to compete well into their 40s or longer. So, how did McEvoy open the huge margin he has on the three above him in the Sydney premiership standings?

The two-time Melbourne Cup winner (2000 and 2016), one-time Caulfield Cup winner (2008) and one time Golden Slipper Stakes winner (2011), pulled off the win of the season in October of 2017 when he guided Redzel to the victory in The Everest, a race that is worth $10 million total prizemoney and for which McEvoy was credited with close to half his total for the season to date.

By guiding the Peter and Paul Snowden trained sprinter to the win in The Everest, McEvoy opened a margin on his rivals that looks out of reach, as the prizemoney in Sydney for the last remaining months of the current season would not seem adequate for Avdulla, Shinn and Angland to close the gap.

Congratulations to the Jockey of the Month for April 2018, Kerrin McEvoy.

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