Leading young Melbourne jockey Patrick Moloney will ride in place of suspended Jake Bayliss in New Zealand later this week.
With recent recruit Jake Bayliss under suspension for the next week, transtasman trainer Mike Moroney is sending another Melbourne young gun to New Zealand to fill the breach.
Bayliss, who has ridden nine winners from less than 50 raceday rides since arriving at his new base at Moroney’s Matamata stable three weeks ago, will have a worthy replacement at Otaki on Friday and Ellerslie on Saturday in fellow 23-year-old Patrick Moloney.
A member of one of Victorian racing’s most famous families, Moloney continued his run of form through the spring carnival with victory on the Robert Smerdon-trained Grand Dreamer in Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup.
He is attached to Moroney’s Flemington stable, for which he has ridden more than 40 winners in his 350 total, while one of three wins during Melbourne Cup week was the fairy-tale result on Rich Charm for veteran trainer Udyta Clarke.
Moloney’s three mounts at Otaki on Friday for Moroney and his Matamata training partner Pam Gerard are headed by impressive last-start winner The Boy Wonder in the Gr. 3 Wellington Stakes. He will also be on two-year-old debutant Bocce, a Foxwedge colt who has shown up at the trials, and Sound Works, a likely improver from her first-up run.
His one mount for Ballymore Stables at Ellerslie on Saturday is last-start winner On The Rocks, while according to his booking agent Nick Fairweather, he is also riding Sweet Leader, Secret Stash, Tourmaline and Tattybogler on the same programme.