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Maloney To Ride Baccarat Baby

Thursday, 25th June 2020

Trainer David Vandyke has opted for a change of jockey for Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince-Meerlust, by Johannesburg) in the Gr3 Sapphire Stakes at Doomben on Saturday, reported racingqueensland.com.au. Ridden by Michael Hellyer in most of her career, Baccarat Baby will have the services of Ryan Maloney. Maloney moved to Queensland halfway through 2018, and rode Alligator Blood (All Too Hard-Lake Superior, by Encosta de Lago) to victory in the Gr1 Australian Guineas for Vandyke. Maloney is currently second on the Brisbane jockey's premiership with 62 wins, behind apprentice Baylee Nothdurft who has 73.5 wins. "Michael will still get rides from me but I'm keen to get Ryan on as many of my horses as possible from now on," Vandyke said. "He's not locked in as my stable rider and he's still free to get other rides if he thinks they're better. We've got a good association with a 39.5 per cent winning strike rate with 28 wins from 71 races." Baccarat Baby has won 8 of her 22 starts, and been placed another seven times for earnings just under $500,000. Her best result to date was a win in the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas in 2019.

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