Brodie Loy has returned refreshed and rejuvenated from a funky fitness escapade and set a marker for a Brisbane premiership with a Doomben double on Wednesday.
The former NSW cyclist wasted no time while suspended and ventured to a gym, a health and recovery getaway in the far north of NSW operated by ex-athletes including the first AFL player, Dean Solomon.
Loy is being mentored by retired Group 1 winning Victorian jockey James Winks, who has 13 jockeys on the books that he mentors and trains.
Loy is the latest jockey in the Winks books to head to The Gym At Salt in Kingscliff after Ben Allen, Zac Spain, Jake Noonan, Tom Stockdale and Blaike McDougall went there earlier this year.
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“It’s a big retreat and Brodie was there for four days,” Winks said.
“The guys who run it have AFL backgrounds, so they can relate a lot to the ups and downs of the sport.
“You box and train your butt, you run down the sand dunes and then there’s a recovery setup with a magnesium spa, sauna and ice bath.
“They take you out on the paddle board in the lagoons and you do a little meditation.
“It’s just about trying to make them better athletes and it clears their heads.
“Brodie wants to win the premiership of Brisbane and I think he can win it this season.”
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Loy is a former NSW jockey who moved to Queensland earlier this year to become Annabel Neasham’s head jockey for her satellite stable in the Sunshine State.
He has now moved home from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, with Neasham changing his satellite stable after securing 31 cases at Eagle Farm.
A hard-working jockey, Loy is gaining support from top trainers and one of his two winners at Doomben on Wednesday went to 12-time Group 1 winner jockey Rob Heathcote.
It was Loy’s first time riding in the new riding season and he said the Kingscliff retirement was mentally refreshing.
“We ran out into the ocean and snorkeled with dolphins and some cool stuff,” Loy said.
“It was a very good option for me to do that when I took my (driving) suspension.
“I have now moved to Brisbane from the Gold Coast and the (satellite Neasham) barn at Eagle Farm opens next month.
“I’m working for more trainers here in Brisbane and it’s a great setup at Eagle Farm with their facilities.”
Loy’s best race at Eagle Farm on Saturday appears to be Lee Freedman-trained Bottega ($4.40) in the 1600m Open Handicap.
Originally published as Brodie Loy set to take over as Premier of Brisbane after a stint at a fitness retreat