After a sublime month in the saddle, Brodie Loy currently leads the NSW-wide jockey’s premiership for 2021/22 with 15 victories, while he also sits second overall in Australia, only trailing Western Australian, Will Pike.
While only a month into the new season, Loy didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself, but he did appreciate the strong start and was eyeing the lofty target of 100 victories if he could stay injury and suspension free.
“It is nice to start well but it’s obviously quite early and you don’t know what the season holds. Injuries could happen or anything,” Loy said.
“We will take it as it comes; keep small goals and take small steps. It would be good to break 100 winners for the season and I guess that is the goal, but things happen, and we will re-evaluate all the time.”
The 24-year-old was open about his chequered past, only returning from a significant suspension in August of 2019 but still managing to ride 76 ½ winners that season before an injury and suspension riddled 20/21 season saw a drop to 46 NSW winners.
After a change in manager and a shift in mindset, Loy is back in the saddle and riding well.
“Last season was just so stop-start, it was just horrendous and a month before the new season, I switched to Liam Prior Management and we snapped up a winner in town with Annabel (Neasham) and it snowballed from there,” Loy said.
“Liam is just a great manager for me, he is a confidence builder, and he offers a lot of one-on-one stuff, which is not every manager’s forte.
“I probably annoy him a bit; we talk a lot on the phone, but he is straight down the line, and he said at the start, there would be lots of hard work.”
Loy, who rides at 56.5kg, explained that he wouldn’t be seeking full books of rides for the sake of it either, instead wanting to give himself every chance to showcase his natural ability.
“This season is all about quality over quantity for me,” Loy said.
“We want to pluck out the decent rides when we can, and Liam said it is about perception.
“It’s how people see me, it’s just a game where trainers will put on people that are getting results and we want to be getting results.”
The Albury-based hoop, who only recently moved back home to get away from Sydney during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, has been getting support from all walks of life, riding winners for Annabel Neasham, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Brad Widdup, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace along with a variety of prominent country trainers.
“We are working hard at it right now and the support from trainers is unbelievable,” Loy said.
“Annabel has been particularly supportive – she has been great and if you look at our strike rate together, I think I’ve had 17 rides for 7 wins.
“It is frustrating I can’t get back in there and do any work at Warwick Farm and do the work for these trainers, but I am still very thankful for the opportunities I am getting from these stables.”
In a bid to get the best rides possible, Loy has spent a lot of time on the road and this week alone has travelled to Bathurst, Scone and Wagga, while trips to Goulburn, Mudgee Tamworth and Moruya await him in the coming days.
“I have been everywhere. I have been staying at hotels and just working hard. We looked at the diary and I said to Liam, ‘I can go here, here and here’,” Loy laughed.
“It’s good, I don’t mind sitting in the car, pumping some tunes, annoying my partner (Louise Day) and ringing her flat out as I can’t see her at the moment.”
With Loy well on the path to a bumper season results wise, the former star apprentice said it was all about growing up and seeing the big picture.
“My end goal is to try and purchase a house at the end of next season. I have been very open with the troubles I’ve had in the past, and I’m not going to hide that, but I’m ready to work hard now,” Loy said.
“The game is pretty forgiving. I’m hoping to set myself up for a good life with less stress and that has helped my riding a lot this season.”