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Team Hobson wins the day

Monday, 16th March, 2020

Leading jockey Madison Lloyd and leading trainer Nathan Hobson. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Leading jockey Madison Lloyd and leading trainer Nathan Hobson. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

Trainer Nathan Hobson and his team hit the finish line in the most races at St Patrick’s on Saturday with an impressive five-out-of-eight scorecard.

Hobson’s third-year apprentice Madison Lloyd rode all five winners, in a superb performance that included the $20,000 Outback Sprint, the last race of the day.

Swan-Hill based Hobson has been travelling to the Silver City from Victoria since 2016 - the year he also won the Outback Cup.

This year his convoy included 15 horses, a truck and three cars.

“We get away for the weekend; it’s something we don’t do very much ... I love it up here,” Hobson said.

“We’ve got great staff at home, and staff here helping me today, so it’s a very enjoyable day.”

Hobson gave his troop a couple of runs in Balranald and Carrathool before coming to Broken Hill but didn’t do too much different when preparing for the Silver City trek.

Hobson praised his apprentice Madison Lloyd, an endearing 19-year-old who hugged her rides after each win on Saturday.

Lloyd said it was a “great feeling” to secure the five wins - her previous best was three.

She rode a treble in Broken Hill last year and said that experience helped her work out the track.

Lloyd puts a lot of effort into her craft.

“I get up at 3 o’clock every morning and start at 3.30, help do all the walking and swimming, doing everything with the horses,” she said.

“Then, at 4.30, we will start riding them.”

Hobson has about 30 horses in work at the moment.

“We will ride about half of them - me and my sister Zoe Lloyd; she is a first-year apprentice this year.”

They work every single morning and afternoons when they can ... sometimes they get the weekend off, race days permitting.

Thoughts of a run in the race that stops a nation were a bit way off at the moment.

“I would hope to be in the Melbourne Cup one day or any group races,” Lloyd said.

“But riding in ‘town’ is really the next step I want to achieve.”

Which town? Melbourne.

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