Resting Up Stan by Tony McMahon
Published 8 September 2022
The commonest question doing the rounds in Central and North Queensland racing circles “what’s happened to jockey Justin Stanley” has been answered and all is well.
Stanley 41, unquestionably one of Queensland’s most popular and dedicated jockeys is taking some well-earned R & R, which in this equates to Rest and Recuperation.
Justin Stanley, a household name in Queensland provincial racing circles for his unrivalled work ethics which see him criss-cross Queensland numerously each week, is resting up.
His long-term manager and friend Don Terry explained why Justin has not been seen among the riding ranks for the last month.
“He’s having a break from riding more so out of wear and tear. A few old niggling shoulder and knee injuries have been flaring up and causing discomfort. He had a couple of whacks (in the barriers) and wisely decided to take a break until late October or early November”, Terry explained.
Stanley has maintained a regimented disciplined albeit demanding race riding schedule week in and week out over the last few seasons with his only breaks enforced through injuries.
He has not ridden at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton, where he has been a perennial dominant force since August 1.
To place into perspective Justin’s commitment to riding, he stayed over in Rockhampton that night so as to ride at Callaghan Park barrier trials the next morning thereby assisting his connections.
Between the five weeks period from July 1 until August 7, Brisbane based Stanley had 72 race rides ranging from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gympie and Caloundra which netted him 13 winners.
Furthermore, to put icing on his “cake” which ingredients are filled with loyalty, after riding at Mackay on July 15 he flew home to Brisbane that night and drove to Gympie for one ride, a winner the next day,
Last season Stanley with excess of 1500 winners on his CV, rode 94 finishing fourth on the Queensland premiership ladder.
Some years earlier the name J. Stanley appeared on the top rung through an amazing 120 successes for a season.
In Stanley’s absence, other FIFO (fly in, fly out) SEQ jockeys hake emerged on the Rockhampton TAB race scene.
These include Jackson Murphy and apprentice Melea Castle while the Gold Coast’s Jason Taylor has successfully recommitted to the northern circuit.