Bjorn Baker is looking for a new jockey for Twilight Royale in Saturday’s Hawkesbury Guineas after Michael Rodd was suspended at Sunday’s Sale meeting.
Rodd partnered the filly to her win in the Group II VRC Sires’ Produce last year paving the way for the daughter of Testa Rossa to be eligible for the $2.4million Inglis bonus this month.
“I don’t think we’ll have too much trouble finding a jockey. Whoever rides her this week will be the back-up for Scone if we find ourselves in that situation again,” Baker said.
“And with so much prizemoney on the line there, you’d think we’ll have a few putting their hands up.”
Bjorn’s father Murray saddled up It’s A Dundeel to win the $4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 19 providing the single biggest payout to a winner in NSW racing history.
“The old man got $2.4million and if we can get the cash at Scone we’ll get that in bonuses and first prizemoney ($240,950) and the BOBS Bonus ($20,000),” he said.
“Knocking Murray off for the biggest payout in NSW racing history will give me something to talk about at Christmas.”