Tasmanian jockey Jason Maskiell has won his first listed race since beating an ice addiction that saw him banned for 18-months and out of the saddle for even longer.
The win came aboard Tasmanian galloper Hellova Street in the Magic Millions Thomas Lyons (1400m) at Hobart on Sunday.
Maskiell’s story has been well publicised having failed two drug tests, the first being in 2011 when Maskiell was suspended for 6 months after testing positive to ice at a meeting at Echuca in August.
In 2013 Maskiell tested positive again when riding at Kyneton on Melbourne Cup day and was slapped with an 18-month ban.
The 18-month ban ruled Maskiell out of race riding until May 2015, however his road back took much longer with the former gun apprentice only making his comeback to riding in August last year.
Maskiell was highly rated as a young jockey having won the 2009 apprentice jockeys’ premiership and finishing equal-second in the senior premiership whilst riding for many of Melbourne’s premier stables.
Maskiell completed a double on the day, taking out the last aboard Christopher Mac. Meanwhile, Hellova Street will now target the Mowbray Stakes on Launceston Cup day.
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