Rodd Hot at Doomben

Dec 10, 2016

AAP Turf

Multiple Group One winning jockey Michael Rodd has celebrated his return to Brisbane racing by riding a quartet at Doomben.

Rodd won the first three races on yesterday's programme, beginning with Love To Live ($31) for trainer Barry Baldwin, Bryan and Daniel Guy's Eastern Parade ($2.20) and Les Kelly's Prince of the Turf ($3.80).

He did not have a ride in the fourth race but came out in the fifth to win again for the Guy stable on the promising Starcourt ($1.45).

Rodd, who has just completed his second year in Singapore, rode about 400 winners as an apprentice and won the Brisbane jockeys' premiership when apprenticed to Bryan Guy in the early 2000s.

He is in Brisbane to ride in the State of Origin jockeys series on Saturday but elected to ride at Doomben when Guy asked him to ride a couple of horses at the meeting.

Rodd said he always enjoyed coming back to Brisbane, even though he will represent NSW in the State Of Origin.

"Yes, I am originally from New South Wales but I spent many happy years in Queensland before heading to Melbourne and then Singapore," Rodd said. "To ride a winner for Bryan is also great, it was just like old times."

Eastern Parade is trained by Guy in partnership with his son Daniel and provided their first winner at Doomben as a combination.

Love To Live's win gave former Brisbane Race Club chairman Bill Sexton a special thrill as he bred the mare and races her with several members of his family