Veteran understudy Lloyd just loves being part of 'Team Moore'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am


Jeff Lloyd's role as 'understudy' to Darren Beadman at John Moore's yard has paid dividends more than once, but the 66-1 victory of Able One in the HK$20 million Mile was all part of the veteran South African's love of a team role.

While stable-retained Beadman gets the pick of the Moore rides, history shows he isn't always on the winner, and Lloyd is there to pick up the crumbs.

'I have always loved being part of a team and working for a stable, rather than freelancing,' Lloyd says.

'I'm here as a freelance club jockey but a lot of the work I do is with John and Darren and I just enjoy going and being involved with good horses and a good team. You get a lot of satisfaction from that.'

And Moore was just as quick to highlight Lloyd's impressive supporting role in the major big-event yard in town.

'He's the hardest worker. He's always there from 5am to 8.30 and he relaxes horses. He has great hands,' Moore said.

'He gets horses balanced and that is so important. I'm 61, Darren is 46 - I can't see what's wrong with having Jeff along as a 50-year-old.

'He is only licensed till February this season, but I really hope the club gives him favourable consideration for an extension and surely winning the biggest mile race on the planet must help.

'When equine influenza hit Australia and Jeff was riding down there, he called one day and asked if he could ride for me and I said I'd just had the same conversation with Darren and he was coming up.

'But I think I'm lucky to have Jeff here as a second string to the team and he's an important cog in the machine.'