Rising star's remarkable insight started early
ONE of the biggest fans of Regan Bayliss is Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching.
Rating Bayliss a rising star, Kitching recognised the youngster's enthusiasm for racing at an early age.
He recalls a day when Regan's dad Jamie brought his son to the Kitching farm at Peak Crossing where some horses were being bred.
"I remember Regan that day - he was only four or maybe five years old - and Regan said 'when is that horse racing?','' Kitching said.
"Over the years, every time I saw him at Jamie's stables he'd be riding the pony around the little track.''
However, Regan's sharp eye for detail was best highlighted at an Ipswich race meeting when he was about 12.
"We were standing halfway up the stairs outside of my office watching the last race of the day,'' Kitching said. "And I said to him 'who do you think will win this Regan?'.
"He said 'I like the look of number nine. Scottie Seamer wouldn't be here for one ride for nothing so I'll go for Scottie Seamer's ride'.''
Seamer's horse won, with Regan also picking the correct order of the first three horses.
Kitching remembers another story from 1989 Ipswich Cup winning jockey Jamie when Regan went to school in Melbourne. It was 2011.
"Basically his class had a project and the teacher was shocked,'' Kitching said.
"He's come in with this form guide of horses to watch during the Spring Carnival.''
Kitching said Regan's pick-up ride on Renew in last Saturday's Caulfield Cup showed how highly the Ipswich product was regarded.
"That's huge for an apprentice to be put on before senior jockeys,'' Kitching said. "To get a ride in the Caulfield Cup when you're a three kilo claiming apprentice, that's unheard of.''