Jeffrey Lloyd Rules Jockeys’ Room in Queensland Premiership Standings
Sometimes it seems as though everyone wants an award, whether or not they truly deserve one, with a case in point being thoroughbred jockey premierships.
There are so many divisions that it can sometimes become a little muddied as to which jockey is really proficient, or which simply has found one of the various and sundry niches to exploit.
In the case of the Queensland Jockey Premiership, however, it is really a one-horse town. There is Jeffrey Lloyd, and then there is everyone else. Everyone else is this case involves some of the heavy hitters of the turf, such as James Bowman, Kerrin McEvoy, Brenton Avdulla and Blake Shinn, and other notables.
Lloyd is a clear leader in every category.
Prizemoney: Lloyd. He has taken in almost $6 million and by the time the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season ends, he should be well clear of $6 million.
Starts: Lloyd. He has jumped 535 times as of late May 2017. Number two James Byrne is the only other hoop within hailing distance, with 465.
Wins: Lloyd. His current mark stands at 118, excruciatingly close to double the 61 claimed by Byrne.
Some of the other hoops have better strike rates, but as anyone with the slightest inkling of math knows, percentages can be deceiving. Big name Kerrin McEvoy, as regards Queensland, carries a 36 percent strike rate, but he has only made 193 Queensland starts, with just 44 wins. Limited starts are a way to boost strike rate percentage, not as a deliberate tactic, we might add, but simply as a mathematical reality.
For the true measure of a hoop’s worth, the bottom line, perhaps, comes from owners and trainers, who will quickly confirm that wins and most importantly, prizemoney, plays the predominant role in their decisions as to who will be in the saddle of their horses.