JUST NUMBERS: Ipswich premiership-winning jockey Jim Byrne is more focused on doing a good job than a potential eighth title win.
JUST NUMBERS: Ipswich premiership-winning jockey Jim Byrne is more focused on doing a good job than a potential eighth title win. Rob Williams

'Nothing special' about Jockey's incredible record

PREMIER Queensland jockey Jim Byrne admits there's no secret behind his stunning record in Ipswich.

With a dominant lead in the premiership standings, the seven-time title holder has become intimately familiar with the Ipswich Turf Club track.

Braving Friday's heat for one last race of the year, the 45-year-old said he wasn't placing too much focus on the idea of an eighth premiership title.

"I don't think there's anything about the track,” he said. "It's just a track that suits my riding best.

"Someone will show up and take it away, we're all here to get beaten. I have been very fortunate, and I seem to have had good rides coming into these meetings like the Ipswich Cup.”

Well versed on the Ipswich Racecourse, the three-time Brisbane premiership winning rider said it was a shared style, not experience, which had attributed to his success.

"If you're going to do anything special at Eagle Farm you're going to soon get caught out,” Byrne said. "Even a track like Doomben you'd get caught out pretty quickly.

"You can make a decision (at Ipswich) that other people would throw their hands up and say 'what's he doing', because it is a track that is extremely forgiving. If you do get piqued it's always just on the line.”

Riding for a number of top trainers, including Ipswich premiership leader Tony Gollan, Byrne said his partners deserved their fair share of the credit.

"My previous manager Trevor Lanskey, was probably the best in Australia, arguably,” he said. "And this manager I have now, Cameron Partington started out a few years back, and he's turned out to be one of the best in Australia as well.

"It's been three years now, and he's got Jeff Lloyd and Robbie Fradd who are flying. Success breeds success, and when you have a successful team people want to deal with you and they want you riding for their stable.”

Eyeing off a back-to-back eighth Ipswich premiership, Byrne remains motivated by a love of the sport, and not the accolades.

"Everyone has asked me this time and time again,” he said. "Is it something that burns inside you... and it isn't.

"As it gets closer to the end of the season, and if you're in front, it does start to drag on a bit and you can get frustrated with it.”

Racing returns on Friday, with the annual Rugby League Ipswich Race Day at the Ipswich Turf Club on January, 14.



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