The punting premiership (Brisbane jockeys)

Michael Nolan, Darryl Hansen and Gerald Ryan were Queensland’s standout trainers last season from a punting perspective, but which riders were the most profitable to follow? We’ll use Profit on Turnover (and proportionate staking) as our measuring stick in assessing the top 10 in the Brisbane Jockeys Premiership:  

  • Chris Munce – dominant premiership winner and punters who followed him were well rewarded.
  • Larry Cassidy – mediocre results for the former Sydney and Brisbane premiership winner
  • Jim Byrne – while often regarded as a punters pal, the problem is he has such a big following that his mounts are seriously overbet.
  • Glen Colless – poor record on fancied runners and only average overall.
  • Damian Browne – has been around for quite a while now but the punting public haven’t quite latched on yet, as you’ll see from a very impressive season right across the board. Great strike-rate and exceptionally profitable.
  • Paul Hammersley – very contrasting numbers for the Hammer with an excellent record when in the market, but below average overall.
  • Scott Galloway – good profits for those willing to back every one of his rides, but it was the longer shots that produced the profits.
  • Michael Cahill – nothing really stands out in Cahill’s performance so there isn’t much more you can say other than mediocre.
  • Justin Wood – quite profitable to follow despite the fact he had a low strike-rate and was often riding horses that were unfancied by the market.
  • Jason Taylor – dismal strike-rate but when given the chance on a runner at $7 or less he did very well.

The most profitable hoops to follow amongst last season’s top 10 were Munce, Browne, Galloway and Wood, while Jim Byrne was the most over-rated by a long way.