JEFF LLOYD AND FAMILY
Jeff Lloyd’s forthcoming attempt to finally win the Vodacom Durban July will be his final chance, as the legendary ‘Guvnor’ has announced his intention to retire later this year.
Speaking at the launch of the Brisbane Carnival on Friday Lloyd said: “This will be my last carnival as it is time to spend more time with my family. My older boy is at a jockey academy in South Africa and my younger son is also keen to be a jockey. I want to devote time to helping them. They say go out when you are top and hopefully I can do that.”
The initiative by KUDA Insurance to bring Lloyd out may enable him to fill the one gaping hole in his CV in terms of South African racing.
Famously he has never won or even been runner up in the July despite 25 attempts, but remarkably has finished third on eleven occasions.
The situation is reminiscent of the equally legendary Muis Roberts, who despite being SA champion jockey eleven times and conquering the UK had never been victorious in KZN’s premier race. He famously returned in 1997 to score on Super Quality in the twilight of his career.
The mere fact that Lloyd is still riding at all is remarkable, as after suffering a stroke in 2013 he would have been excused for hanging up his saddle once and for all.
It remains to be seen what Jeff Lloyd rides come the first Saturday in July, but whatever it is the great man will be giving it his all.