Jockey Jason Holder has moved back to his home town of Adelaide after spending four years riding in Queensland.
Holder, who received much praise for his rides as an apprentice in his home town, rode his first winner at Morphettville last Saturday.
The jockey scored the win aboard Snip ‘N’ Run in the Flight Centre Twilight 16/12 Handicap for trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.
It was the third win for the promising three-year-old Snip ‘N’ Tuck who has now earned close to $70,000 in prize money.
“It was the start I was looking for and everything went to plan well,” Holder said.
“I stayed with Leon after my apprenticeship and am close to him and his family, I’ve always enjoyed riding for the stable and we’ve had a bit of luck together.”
While he spend much of his time away in Queensland, Holder has also based himself in Mauritius over the previous few months.
“It’s a different pressure there,” Holder said of his time overseas.
“It’s a big punting place, but for myself mentally it was a great challenge.
“The tracks are pretty small and tight turning, so it meant doing a lot of homework and was a great experience.”
Holder has enjoyed a successful career that has included a win aboard Phelan Ready in the 2009 Magic Millions and partnering French Resort to victory in the 1996 Adelaide Cup.
The jockey’s biggest feat, however, was when riding Skybeau to third place in the 1996 Melbourne Cup.
“The Magic Millions was amazing, but running third in the Melbourne Cup was a big highlight, along with winning the Adelaide Cup,” Holder said.