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RACING: He's got the Sunshine Coast Jockey's Premiership at his mercy and it seems there's nothing that could stop Jeff Lloyd from re-writing the Queensland record books in 2016/17.

The 55-year-old South African and 12-time jockey's premiership winner across three countries has dominated racing headlines since he rode seven winners at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club's day/night meeting last Wednesday.

A 95-time Group 1 winner, Lloyd now has 20 Coast wins for the season, three clear of young talent James Orman (17).

He is also six wins clear of Damian Browne (14) - the man who's dominated the Coast premiership for the past seven years.

Browne's dream run of Coast premierships started in 2009/10, his most successful season to date (56 winners).

If Lloyd's form continues, he could re-write the Sunshine Coast Turf Club's record books, with Ken Pope holding the record for most wins in a season set back in 2003/04 (62).

He can continue his winning ways tomorrow at Ipswich, where he was yesterday booked for four rides.

Jeff Lloyd takes I'll Tell You Soon on to win race 6 at Corbould Park.
Jeff Lloyd takes I'll Tell You Soon on to win race 6 at Corbould Park. Warren Lynam

Coast-based trainer Gary 'Jack' Duncan legged Lloyd up aboard Jill's Charm at the Coast for one of his winning rides last Wednesday.

He said the secret to Lloyd's success since he recovered from a stroke suffered at a Coast meeting back in 2013 was his attitude.

"He's confident, he's happy and enjoying it. He just loves it," Duncan said.

"He's probably the best rider in Queensland at the moment. It's great for Queensland racing to have a world class rider running around the ridges."

Duncan, who moved to the Coast from the Atherton Tableland four years ago, has linked with Lloyd six times for two wins and two thirds, including a win aboard Jill's Charm last week.

The pair will combine four times again this weekend, with Lloyd booked to ride Three Points and Bushy at Eagle Farm on Saturday, and Jill's Charm and Magnatune at Doomben on Friday.

"He just seems to get the best out of (the horses) and have them running as good as they can," he said.

"He's a really friendly fella. He's easy to get along with and is very likeable."

Lloyd is also on track to defend his Metropolitan premiership in 2016/17 and currently sits on 56 wins at a strike-rate of 26%, that's 26-wins clear of class riders Jim Byrne and Robbie Fradd.

And only three months into the season, he is well on track to break Chris Munce's record of 103 winners, set back in 2011-12.

"He's had 95 Group 1 winners all around the world, he's just a class rider," Duncan said.



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