Veteran jockey Lloyd weighs up retirement

VeteranjockeyLloydweighsupretirement

March15,20184:02pm。

byAAP

JockeyJeffLloydsaysheislikelytoretirefromridingtowardstheendof2018。

JeffLloydhopestoendhiscareeronahighwithanotherBrisbanepremiershipaftertheveteranrideradmittedhesclosetoretirement。

ThereigningBrisbanejockeystitleholder,whofearedhisridingcareerwasoverwhenhesufferedastrokein2013,saidhewantedtospendmoretimewithhisfamily。

ItsgreatIcanretireatthetopofmylevelandstillridingverywell,the56-year-oldtoldSkySportsRadio。

Ihavenotsetadate,Iamnotsureifitwillbeattheendoftheseason,attheendoftheyear。

LloydsoldestsonJadenisfollowinginhisfathersfootstepsasamemberoftheSouthAfricanJockeyAcademy,whilehisyoungestsonZacwantstofinishhighschoolinAustraliaandhopestostartridingtrackworksoon。

Ijustwanttofocusmoreonthem,Lloydsaid。

CurrentlyleadingtheBrisbanejockeystable,Lloydsaidhestillfeltfreshandphysicallycapable,butthementalsideofridingwastakingitstoll。

Ijustfinditverydrainingtryingtowintitles。

Youwanttothroweverythingintoitandthatsverymentallytiring。

HesaidhiswifeNicolaalsofoundittaxing。

Sheslookingforwardtotheday,hesaidofhisimpendingretirement。

LloydhasbrightprospectstoextendhispremiershipleadwithafullcomplementofnineridesatSaturdaysmetropolitan-classGoldCoastmeeting。

Fourofhismountsareearlyfavourites,includingthepromisinggalloperDoubtDefying($3。

50)intheGoldCoastStakesover1800m。

LloydhashadhugesuccessinAustralia,HongKongandSouthAfrica,butinMarch,2013hesufferedastrokewhichaffectedthemovementonhisleftside。

Hewantshissonstoknowthatiftheyfollowinhisfootstepstherewillbemorelowsthanhighs。

Theyneedtorealisewhatahardsportitis,hesaid。

WiththewintercarnivalapproachinginBrisbane,Lloydwantstofinishupinthebestpossibleway


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