Bayliss home with leaps and bounds on wet track
RACING: Sunshine Coast based apprentice jockey, Corey Bayliss romped home on the Darryl Gardiner trained Leaps and Bounds to share in the spoils of the $10,000 Diggers Cup at the weekend.
Consistent rain for most of the afternoon lent to a heavy Gympie Turf Club track but after a six length win last start, the 1470m trip was a perfect fit for the Bundaberg based galloper.
Bayliss said although conditions were tough, the only option was to put his mount on the pace early.
"It was a bit wet out there, but I jumped out and punched forward,” he said.
"Darryl Gardiner wanted me to keep her up the front, so I put her forward for the first couple of hundred metres and then she started leading pretty easy.
The Bay mare cruised home from the 400m mark after fending off Amy Van Der Sanden on Saurimo and Lyall Appo on I Got Trix.
After riding her home to victory on Melbourne Cup day in Bundaberg, Bayliss could not hide his excitement after backing up the win.
"Her prep has definitely improved since last time I rode her,” he said.
Bayliss has been a stand out on the country racing scene in 2016 and is hoping he can back up his first year in the job with more winners.
"It has been a really good year, I can't complain,” he told The Gympie Times.
"I have been getting good opportunities.
"Next year I will only be going into my second year of my apprenticeship so I will still be riding for a fair bit, hopefully forever.”
The Diggers Cup marks the end of the Gympie racing Calendar for 2016 with the 2017 season starting in March.