Last season’s newly crowned champion Metro apprentice, Zac Lloyd, is obviously adept at winning races. He’s kicked off the new season like Usain Bolt out of the starting blocks and seems he can also cause waves and ruffle feathers in the process.
His frequent failure to navigate safely while on the back of a horse, running at speed, isn’t just naïveté, it’s becoming concerning, not to mention dangerous to himself, the horses he rides and other riders.
As talented as he is, those suspensions mounted up last season and almost cost him the premiership title, which he won on the last day from an equally talented Dylan Gibbons.
There is nothing unique about an apprentice with talent, finding difficulty in
staying clear of trouble in a race (or senior riders as well) but it seems cautions from RNSW stewards are falling on deaf ears.
Time for someone to give him a little more than a friendly reminder that a trouble free passage is the most beneficial one because if he can steer a safer route on the track, his route to further success will follow.
The tragic breaking down of Big Parade on Saturday was a horrible thing to witness.
His trials in the lead up were eye catching to say the least, so his loss will be missed coming into the Spring Carnival. I’m sure connections were hoping Joe Pride could repeat the training performances he’s achieved with other new members to his stable, with Eduardo the highlight.
A new Melbourne Cup Favourite
A new favourite emerges overnight from Ireland. with Vauban winning at Naas. He is into $8.00 in pre nominations.
Trained by Willie Mullins, he certainly has the look of a horse worth following prior to landing in Australia.