'Good lad' Ipswich rider earns top backing
ALTHOUGH cautious about expecting too much from Privlaka in Saturday's City of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes, trainer Robert Heathcote had every confidence in the gelding's jockey.
Ipswich-bred rider Jake Bayliss has impressed experienced trainers like Heathcote with his recent success and attitude.
"He's a good lad and he's a bit of a talent too,'' Heathcote said of the rapidly rising 23-year-old with strong Ipswich family racing ties.
"I don't know what he's going to do with his career, whether he's going to hang around here after the (winter) carnival or not. But I think he's got a future the boy.''
Heathcote has enjoyed his early association with Bayliss, including a terrific Listed Race win on Hofgarten on last weekend's Stradbroke Cup Day program at Doomben.
"He's a good kid, good Ipswich family and Regan (Jake's brother) is doing super (down south),'' Heathcote said.
"Their dad (Jamie) was a stalwart for the Ipswich community.''
Jamie won the 1989 Ipswich Cup riding Dixie Kid, something Jake would love to emulate.
Jake has a number of rides on Saturday, including outsider Skulduggery in the $180,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup and Privlaka in the Eye Liner Stakes.
Bayliss is also engaged to ride Malmoosa in the $101,500 Gai Waterhouse Classic after some early rides on Honour'n' Strength (race one) and aboard the Tony Gollan-trained High Wind (Queensland Times Stayers Handicap final over 2150m).