Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teenage Hoop Keeps Family Name in Lights; Lightweight Bayliss Lands Popular Win at Werribee

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teenage Hoop Keeps Family Name in Lights; Lightweight Bayliss Lands Popular Win at Werribee

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THE famous Ipswich-based Bayliss racing family was overjoyed to see young Jake Bayliss ride a winner last week at Werribee in Victoria.

At his first visit to the races as an apprentice jockey and at his second and final ride for the day, 17-year-old Jake rode hands and heels to get the Michael Kent-trained You Think So over the line in a popular result for punters.

Weighing in at 38kg, Jake had to add a lot of lead to the saddle to make up the allotted weight of 59kg before the apprentice's claim.

After dismounting and prior to weighing in, Jake was visibly stuggling to carry the saddle which weighed around half of his own body weight.

Jake's great grandfather Col was an Ipswich Turf Club life member.

Jake's grandfather Bob was clerk of the course at Ipswich for 40 years, a position which his aunty Sharon has held for more than two decades.

Jake's father Jamie rode Dixie Kid to win the Ipswich Cup in 1989.

This next chapter in the Bayliss racing story will leave all members of the family feeling duly proud of their achievements.

Jake's younger brother Regan will be the next one to watch out for as he will be commencing a riding apprenticeship shortly.

Cassandra nears win

IPSWICH trainer Cassandra Schiavone moved closer to a win on her home track with Who Cares Wins last Friday at Ipswich.

The four-year-old daughter of Canadian Silver had her 10th race start and was heavily backed to start the favourite on the Tote.

The bookies' price of Who Cares Wins was halved after strong support.

At one point in the home straight, it looked like the money was right. However, Cassandra had to settle for second placing.

The winner of the race was also heavily backed Co three-year-old filly Annona, who was slightly the strongest at the end to win the 1200 metres fillies and mares maiden.

Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears made the trip down the range with Annona whose form did not seem to warrant the heavy support for her.

The three previous starts for Annona had yielded an eighth of nine at Port Macquarie, seventh on nine at Casino, and last of 10 at Doomben beaten by a cumulative 26 lengths in those three starts. …

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