Former professional jockey Brent Evans is back in the saddle after a three-year break from the sport.
The former QLD-based rider had left the sport after his final ride at Coffs Racing in May 2016.
“Yeah, it was a great opportunity to get back to doing what I love”, he said.
The 28-year-old had quit professional riding after battling weight issues the year’s prior.
“I battled with my weight for a long time,” he said.
“I ended up giving it away as I was offered a foreman position that was too good to turn down.”
Evans was a naturally gifted jockey, evident from his first race ride back in 2007.
“I won on my very first professional race ride in 2007 in Taree-Wingham Race Club and the Winning Post Function Centreon a horse called Paris Flyer,” he said.
“I rode steady on and off for nine years.”
The talented hoop managed an impressive 338 wins in his short career, even snaring some group and listed race victories ion that time.
“The Eyeliner stakes aboard Mittani, the Bet Fair Stakes aboard Rothera, the Gold Coast Guinness aboard Checkvetdaz and the Maribyrnong Plate prelude aboard Sweet Cheeks; they are my biggest wins that hold the most memories”
In a coup for the NSW Picnic Racing Association and Racing NSW, the Tamworth-based jockey will only be competing on the picnic scene going forward.
“At this stage I will be sticking with the picnics,” he said.
“I just think my weight would work against me too much for the professionals.”
The group-winning rider isn’t afraid to travel either.
“I’m currently based in Tamworth but I am definitely open to travelling to wherever the rides take me,” he said.
Evans has already started back with rides at OAPRC – Kooroorinya Races and Moree Picnic Races but will want to secure his first winner back when he jumps aboard three mounts for Adam Vine and Luke Morgan at Mallawa Picnic RACES on Saturday.