In 1978, when Jeffrey Lloyd was a slight, 16-year-old apprentice, he finished third in the Durban July on 50-1 outsider So Humble in a contest won by Politician. Forty years later, the 56-year-old, 53kg jockey has the strength and determination of men half his age and has been given a last chance to win SA’s flagship race on July 7 before he retires at the end of the season. Lloyd has ridden in the July 25 times for a number of places, the most recent being third on Chesalon in the 2012 renewal. The July is the only South African major to elude his grasp. Lloyd won the national jockeys’ title six times (finishing on 313 wins for the 1991-92 season to break Muis Roberts’s long-standing record), the Mauritian championship five times and, after suffering a stroke in 2013 staged one of the most talked-about comebacks in racing history to win an Australian title in 2016 and again in 2017. He resides and rides in Brisbane, Queensland. Kuda Insurance will be sponsoring Lloyd’s final riding...

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