Jake wants to win ‘the Cup’ just like Dad

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To say horse racing runs in the veins of the Bayliss family would be an absolute understatement. The Ipswich-raised family now have two Group 1 winning jockeys in their tribe after Jake Bayliss claimed the Ellerslie Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand earlier this year, and younger brother Regan is also an in-form rider, with three Group 1 wins under his belt.

Jake now is looking forward to the Ipswich Cup this year, and is hoping to join his father Jamie who rode ‘Dixie Kid’, to a win in the 1989 Ipswich Cup.

As the Bayliss siblings do, they compete with one another, so it’s no surprise that the brothers are fiercely competive jockeys. However, the family talent doesn’t end there. Bob Bayliss, Jamie’s father, was the chief clerk of the course in those days, and worked alongside his daughter and Jamie’s sister, Sharon who even took her father’s position upon retirement.

It’s safe to say that the journey began with Col Bayliss, one of Ipswich’s longest surviving racing identities. During his life, Col went to the track for over 50 years and only ever missed a few meetings due to operations and illnesses.

It goes without saying that the calibre of racing talent amongst the youngest Bayliss brothers is pretty impressive.

Returning to his home track, Jake is set to be an Ipswich Cup hopeful come June 16.
The 23-year-old famously won on his first ride for his master Michael Kent when Jake weighed a miserly 38 kilograms. Since that win five years ago, he’s developed to be a much stronger rider to combine with the family line of talent.

Winning his first Queensland race aboard Vienna Moon in the UBET Bribie Island Maiden Handicap in late May, the young jockey is hopeful to continue his luck when racing in front of his family and his hometown friends.