Regan Bayliss Jockey Of The Month December 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Regan Bayliss
Our jockey of the month for December may not be a household name, but Regan Bayliss is well up the list when it comes to the Victoria Metro Jockey Premiership for August 2016 through the end of December 2016.
He is currently ranked number five with 20 wins, 15 seconds and 21 thirds after taking 132 rides in the current season. Only Ben Allen, Damien Oliver, Craig Williams and Dwayne Dunn have won more times, yet Bayliss, at 15.2 percent, trails only Allen in terms of strike rate.
He has taken in over $1.72 million in prize money, which works out to just beyond $13,000 for every time he mounts up. That figure more than doubles when his 56 wins and placings are considered, up to $30,724. As they say, not bad for a day’s work.
There are some quite notable hoops below him on the list, such as Brad Rawiller, Luke Nolen and Kerrin McEvoy, so Bayliss need doff his cap to no one when he walks into the jockeys’ room at any track.
Regan Bayliss took 207 rides last season, notching 16 wins and bringing in just over $1 million in earnings. His strike rate was 7.7 percent and he wound up 19th on the list of Victorian Metro jockeys, so to say he is having a good year would be something of an understatement, as he still has until the end of July 2017 to add to his statistics.
Even though it is the holiday season, Bayliss is having a busy day as this is being written. He had four races scheduled at Yarra Valley, but his mount for the first race, Panzini, was scratched. If the others jump, he will have rides on Von Vacheron, Gold Fontein and Chris Waller’s Baubo when the day is done. Bayliss will work the following days as well, steering horses for Mick Price and the Hayes trinity at Cranbourne and Moonee Valley.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing when you consider Bayliss’ standings in the current season is that he has not ridden a winner in a Group level race; he earns his money the old-fashioned way, by working consistently and consistently finishing either at or near the front of every race he rides.
He is setting metro and rural tracks ablaze and at the tender age of 19, could be easily doing so for the next 30 years. His results thus far place him at number 21 in Australia and for his career; he has brought in over $8 million.
On the day after Christmas, he brought Violent Snow home for the win at $9, so we congratulate Regan Bayliss as our December Jockey of the Month