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Ipswich product off to Dubai

RARE FEAT: Ipswich-bred apprentice jockey Regan Bayliss shares in the incredible experience of riding Renew in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
RARE FEAT: Ipswich-bred apprentice jockey Regan Bayliss shares in the incredible experience of riding Renew in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup. TRACEY NEARMYAAP

FROM Ripley and Bundamba to Flemington and Caulfield. The Bayliss family has come a long way in racing.

However, for teenager Regan in particular, the world awaits.

After the experience of a lifetime riding Renew in last weekend's Caulfield Cup, the Ipswich-bred apprentice is off to Dubai to represent Australia.

Proud dad Jamie confirmed Regan's selection to be part of a world apprentice series next month.

While details are yet to be finalised, Jamie said Regan planned to fly out on Melbourne Cup day for his international mission.

"He's there for a week but I don't know if it's there for one race or a couple of races,'' Jamie said.

While 17-year-old Regan prepares to take on the world, Jamie is hoping to ride three-year-old Recalculate on Melbourne Cup day.

That would be the father's first ride on Australia's most popular racing program.

Jamie already holds a special place in Ipswich sporting history having ridden Dixie Kid to victory in the 1989 Ipswich Cup.

He's back riding as a "young 45'' after returning to the saddle four months ago.

The Bayliss family headed south in 2010, arriving in Melbourne on November 1 that year.

Regan is apprenticed at Caulfield and travels to Pakenham twice a week to complete his year 12 schooling.

Jamie and his other son Jake, 20, are based at Cranbourne with Jamie's partner Lyn.

Jake is also riding regularly as an apprentice.

Jamie's daughter Annalisse, 22, is working in Warrnambool as a make-up artist. Her boyfriend is jumps jockey Brad McLean, keeping the family link to racing.

"It was a big move to move down here but it's all paid off,'' Jamie said from Cranbourne.

"The way things have fallen into place for us down here is just unbelievable.''

Jamie grew up on the Bayliss family farm at Ripley.

Regan and Jake also spent time on the Ripley property while living at Bundamba where Jamie set up stables during his stint as a trainer.

Regan Bayliss
Regan Bayliss Vince Caligiuri

"Regan just thought it was the best experience ever,'' Jamie said. "To ride in the second biggest race in Australia against the best jockeys, a lot of jockeys from around the world.

"He handled it all well.

"Regan is a total professional.

"He just knows what's going on around him at all times, off the track and on the track.''

The Caulfield Cup call-up came after Regan won his first races at Sandown, Flemington and at last Saturday's major race circuit.

He also won a Rising Star series.

"Everything he does revolves around racing and just wanting to be a jockey,'' Jamie said.

"It's just bred in him.''

Regan was yet to pick up a ride in this weekend's big races, having a trip to Yarra Valley tomorrow for his next commitments.

However, Dubai looms large for the exciting teenager who only started his apprenticeship 14 months ago.

Jamie is proud what the Ipswich-bred Bayliss family has achieved. However, he has two special home city goals he'd like to see fulfilled.

One is for his sons to ride in an Ipswich Cup like he did.

The second shows his loyalty to Ipswich.

"I would love them to ride in my grandfather's (Col) memorial race,'' Jamie said.

That is a special day in late January, honouring people having long associations with the turf club.

Col, his son Bob and Jamie's sister Sharon were among those loyal club servants, especially fulfilling clerk of the course roles.

Jamie and his boys remember that well as they continue their family's fine racing tradition.

MAGIC MILESTONE: Ripley jockey Jamie Bayliss, on Dixie Kid, is escorted back to the Bundamba enclosure by his sister Sharon after winning the 1989 Ipswich Cup.
MAGIC MILESTONE: Ripley jockey Jamie Bayliss, on Dixie Kid, is escorted back to the Bundamba enclosure by his sister Sharon after winning the 1989 Ipswich Cup. File

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