MAIDEN: Jake Bayliss (pictured at a meeting in Melbourne in July) won the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand last week.
MAIDEN: Jake Bayliss (pictured at a meeting in Melbourne in July) won the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand last week. JULIAN SMITH

Bayliss boys in Group 1 company

THE Ipswich-raised Bayliss family now have two Group 1 winners in the clan after Jake Bayliss claimed the Ellerslie Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand last week.

Four-year-old mare Volpe Veloce made it ten wins from thirteen career starts in giving Jake Bayliss his first Group 1 win of a relatively short career. Jake only became a senior rider in the current season and is pushing towards a career total of 200 wins.

Jake's father Jamie had the foresight to take he and his brother Regan to Melbourne to further their promising jockey careers around seven years ago. Regan was only 13 at the time so had to finish a couple more years of school prior to riding although he commenced work with the Peter Moody stable as soon as possible.

Jake is eldest of the pair by two years and famously won at his first ride for his master Michael Kent when he weighed a miserly 38 kilograms. Jake has developed over the past five years since that win to be a much stronger rider to combine with the family line of talent.

Younger brother Regan of course was first of the brothers to claim a Group 1 win in the Newmarket Handicap aboard Redkirk Warrior early in 2017.

Now Jake has joined his brother in that elite class of their profession vindicating both the move seven years ago and the recent move by Jake to New Zealand.

The move to New Zealand in November followed offers from a number of top trainers there, and now the ambitious youngster is already eyeing a possible future stint in Hong Kong.

Volpe Veloce was the favoured runner for the Railway Stakes at Ellerslie after winning first up in an Open race at the same track with Jake Bayliss aboard. The Telegraph Handicap at Trentham in Wellington could be another target for this duo to give a second Group 1 win and a treble of consecutive wins.

All of Ipswich wish for a safe year with continued success to the hard working and determined Bayliss family in 2018, wherever they are plying their trade across the World.

One Saturday down, one to go

Ipswich is in the midst of a rare occurrence - hosting consecutive Saturdays race meetings.

The first of these was conducted on the weekend and the second is as the provincial back up meeting this Saturday to the Magic Millions meeting at the Gold Coast.

The reason for Ipswich undertaking this slot is to further help out while Eagle Farm remains closed. Doomben has been shouldering a heavy burden while Eagle Farm is out of play and gets a well- deserved spell early in the new year.

The first Ipswich Saturday meeting featured clear skies and warm conditions, and a perfect racing track. After rain early in the week, the track was upgraded throughout the clear days of Thursday and Friday to race as a genuine Good 4 rating.

Saturday kicked off with a win to the Robert Heathcote trained Trommelschlagen giving the stable a race to race double at Ipswich after winning the last race of the year on December 27 with Nilette.

Luke Tarrant who won the 2015 Ipswich Cup with Danchai in track record time rode the second winner of the day aboard Able Engine for Beaudesert trainer Darleen Duryea.

The day also featured strong wagering turnover around Australia following the transfer of major meetings in Melbourne and Adelaide due to heatwave conditions.