Trainer's sights set on Melbourne
LEADING Ipswich trainer Jamie Bayliss has moved to Melbourne in the hope his boys will one day ride in the biggest race of them all.
Bayliss will be stable foreman for successful Victorian trainer Michael Kent, who has taken over as master of Bayliss’ son Jake, 16.
On Sunday, he arrived at Kent’s stables in Cranbourne, 45km south-east of Melbourne, to start a new life for him, Jake and other son Regan.
“I’ve got my daughter Annalisse with me; she wanted to go to the Melbourne Cup,” said Bayliss, who was a successful jockey before becoming a trainer.
“Jake and Regan will come down when school finishes. I had a good set-up at Ipswich but I made the decision for my boys.”
“I was in Singapore with Michael in 2000 and I said I’d send Jake to him to be apprenticed. I was here a few months ago with the two boys and asked Michael if he had something available.
“It’s good because Jake is too far away from home.
“Jake passed the apprentice school and did a few jump-outs when he was apprenticed to me but it will be better for him being with another trainer.”
Asked if Jake could ride in the Melbourne Cup, Bayliss said: “Not next year but a few years down the track you never know.”
He said Regan, who turns 14 next year, wanted to ride for top Melbourne trainer Peter Moody.
Bayliss, whose career highlight was winning the 1989 Ipswich Cup on Dixie Kid, said being in Victoria would be good for the boys.
“There’s 1000 horses in work at Cranbourne and Michael has 60 in work,” he said. “In the last couple of weeks he quinnellaed the Cranbourne and Moe cups and was beaten a nose in the Bendigo Cup. Jake just needs a few breaks and to get on a good horse. He’s only little and light; he needs to get a bit of strength.”