Apprentice jockey Madison Lloyd says a recent move to Ballarat, which makes riding work in Melbourne easier also, has renewed her confidence after a riding slump led to self-doubt.
After winning nine races in seven weeks to start the calendar year and wipe-out her provincial claim, Lloyd, who still gets a 3kg weight relief in the city, has scored 11 times since February 23.
Rising star Lloyd went 48 rides without a winner prior to striking at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday aboard the Andrew Noblet-trained Ghodeleine.
Despite the skid the 20-year-old, who has been riding work for premiership-bound Ciaron Maher and David Eustace as well as Tony and Calvin McEvoy, is determined to capitalise on the opportunities.
Lloyd credited Swan Hill trainer and master Nathan Hobson for promoting and supporting the move.
“I’m loving it, absolutely loving it,” Lloyd said.
“I’m so grateful my boss, Nathan Hobson, let me move to Ballarat and freelance.
“I was going really well and then I lost my country claim and started going through a flat spot … it definitely takes a toll on you mentally, it’s really confidence you lose.
“You think you’re not doing anything right … Nathan thought the move might help getting better rides.”
Madison Lloyd has ridden 11 winners since February 23. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Lloyd, who was booked predominantly by Hobson and country conditioners previously, has ridden for 11 different trainers the past week alone.
She has four rides at Flemington on Saturday, including Dr Drill, a $15 shot for Maher-Eustace.
Riding work for bigger stables and alongside top jockeys more regularly at Ballarat, Caulfield and Flemington has broadened Lloyd’s horizons and already sharpened her craft.
“It’s a more hectic … at Swan Hill you got the sand track and course proper, you go to Caulfield and Ballarat and there’s a million different tracks, it’s been a very big eye-opener for me,” Lloyd said.
“I love a challenge, always have, since I was a little girl.
“It’s a very, very challenging job but you do it for the love of the horse mainly.”
Third-year apprentice Lloyd has ridden 58 winners this season – up six on the previous campaign – with up to 11 meetings to spare.
Originally published asApprentice in winning groove after Ballarat move
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