Good to be home
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LIFE back home in the Sunshine State is travelling 'very well' for former Gladstone jockey Brad Pengelly.
The talented 27-year-old, rated by many experts as one of the country's best hoops returned to Queensland in July after a decade in Sydney.
And the move has been a great one for Brad who is based on the Sunshine Coast in his role as top trainer Bruce McLachlan's stable jockey.
'The move back home has been a great one for me so far,' Pengelly said.
'I have settled in very well and enjoying the role riding for Bruce.'
His return to the Sunshine State has enabled Brad to ride at a weight of 54 kilograms, a weight he struggled to reach while down in Sydney.
As a result, Brad is able to get more rides and turn those rides into winners.
'To ride lighter is fantastic, it has opened up my options here and to ride regularly at 54 is great.
'I am able to get more rides and to get more winners is what it is all about,' he said.
The winners circle has seen a bit of Brad since the return and he is currently equal fifth on the Brisbane Jockeys Premiership.
Brad has set himself the goal of finishing in the top three and if his win on QTC Derby winner Lachlan River at Doomben last Saturday is anything to go by he can certainly get there.
'The goal is to finish in the top three in the premiership this year and hopefully go out and win it next year.
'Jim Byrne is a hard man to stop, but I believe once I am here for a while, I can match it with him,' he said.
And being back in Queensland has enabled Brad to see his family in Gladstone a lot more, with the Sunshine Coast only five hours away.
'It's great being back closer to the family and I get to see them more which is magic as opposed to seeing them once a year,' he said.