Lloyd Hong Kong bound
Jeff Lloyd has been granted a three-month contract by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and will commence riding there next month.
The 47-year-old South African, who relocated to Sydney in 2007, is currently injured but expects to be right to resume riding around mid to late March.
Lloyd, a multiple South African premiership winner, has ridden more than 100 winners since moving to Australia including last year’s AJC Australian Derby on Nom Du Jeu.
He is no stranger to Hong Kong having ridden there during the 1993-94 season.
“I’ve been trying to get back for the last few years and now at last I have an opportunity to go back and I’m really looking forward to it,” Lloyd said.
“But at the conclusion of my three-month contract I will return to Australia, this is home for my wife and kids who are also coming to Hong Kong for this stint.”
Lloyd has endured a tough time recently with his latest setback coming in a pre-race incident which resulted in him suffering a broken bone in his foot.
He was dislodged from first starter Chordata in the parade ring but still rode the horse who finished fourth in a two-year-old handicap at Rosehill on January 31.
“I can walk on it without too much pain but I’ve still got a limp,” Lloyd said.
“I have to go to Hong Kong on March 15 and they’ll give me a medical and I’m confident I’ll probably ride there the following week.”
Lloyd, who has ridden 87 Group One winners in South Africa, returned to the saddle in early January after being one of three jockeys who fell in a pile-up at Rosehill on December 10 which left him heavily concussed.