DESPITE a card of only six races, jockey Jeff Lloyd rode a double on Friday at the final Ipswich meeting for 2012.
Lloyd rode a race-to-race double as he continued his climb up the Ipswich Jockey's Premiership ladder with his fifth and sixth winners for the season.
Lloyd won on the Kenneth Deacon trained Isavenger in the third race and followed that up with a win on the Bryan Guy trained More Dust in the fourth of the day.
Followers of Lloyd would have done well to double these two winners up on the Tote at a return of 100-1, due to the long price of Isavenger, who was an outsider of the field.
Isavenger had raced five times previously with a seventh of ten at Ipswich her best return and a combined losing margin of 47-lengths over those five starts.
The first of the five starts for the four-year-old mare was at Ipswich in April 2011 when she was last of ten beaten 12 lengths.
After her first four starts, a year-long spell followed before her return to racing at Doomben a month ago, when she ran eleventh of twelve.
Lloyd rode Isavenger for the first time on Friday and came up with the first prize, pleasing surprised connections who were feeling somewhat indebted to the jockey.
Lloyd is a widely experienced globetrotting jockey, having ridden more than 4000 winners in a number of countries, including his native South Africa.
He has had great success during a 30-year career, riding near to 100 Group 1 winners, and was based in Hong Kong for much of the past couple of decades, prior to relocating to Australia in May, 2012.
Lloyd seems to be enjoying life riding regular winners in south east Queensland from his new base on the Gold Coast, and appears to particularly enjoy visits to Ipswich.
He would not have enjoyed the final race of the day on Friday so much however.
After finishing second, he was relegated on protest with Millersburg back to third.
The original third placegetter was Victoria Nile, ridden by Michael McKenzie, who was promoted to second behind winner Style Music - the only betting favourite to salute for the day.
Roger Milne, who trains Victoria Nile, added the second placing to a win earlier in the day to Grabthemoney'n'run and a third placing to King Capo, both of whom were ridden by apprentice Tegan Harrison.
The owner of these three gallopers is Greg Wagner, who flew out by chopper after seeing all three of his gallopers win or place during the day.
The win by Grabthemoney'n'run pushed trainer Milne to equal fourth on the Ipswich Premiership - just two wins from the leader Matt Dunn, and jockey Harrison to equal fifth on the rider's ladder - four wins behind joint leaders Jim Byrne and Michael Cahill.
Dunn did not appear at Ipswich on Friday as he kept his charges for his home base of Murwillumbah on Saturday where he had great success bagging a treble of winners, and in the process helped rider Glen Colless to ride more than half of the program. Another storm on Friday during the race meeting affected conditions and may have had something to do with a couple of long priced winners, which helped to produce a quadrella dividend of $22,000 if you were able to pick the last four winners of the day.
AS WE enter a new year, racing continues at Ipswich on each Friday through until Easter at the end of March.
Additionally there is a Sunday meeting at Ipswich on January 27, in the middle of the Australia Day long weekend.
Free family entry and children's rides and entertainment will be put on for this day by the ITC.
The committee and staff at the Ipswich Turf Club wish all members, patrons, and the racing community a happy and prosperous 2013 - one that is loaded with winners.
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