A refreshed Nash Rawiller put his stamp on Saturday’s Rosehill meeting, riding Sherocksmyworld to victory at his first ride back from holiday.
Rawiller admitted he was puffing a bit after driving the filly to the line ahead of Soapbox in the first race of the day, the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m).
Sherocksmyworld was sent second favourite at $3.80 and responded to Rawiller’s vigorous riding in the final stages to beat the well-supported Soapbox ($13 to $8) by a short neck with another neck to Aguhlas ($3.60).
Hugh Bowman appears to have a stranglehold on the Sydney jockeys’ premiership but dual winner Rawiller is not going to let him have it too easily.
“I think I’ve set myself too much of a task,” Rawiller said.
“But it’s great to be back riding winners.
“My main focus is the spring. There are a nice couple of horses coming back up for me and anything between now and then is a bonus.”
Rawiller spent three weeks relaxing in Singapore, the longest holiday he has had for some time.
“I don’t think I’ve had three weeks off without riding trackwork or trials for six years,” he said.
“I just kicked back and enjoyed it and didn’t worry about anything.
“I had a really good rest but I think I’ve pulled up worse than the horse.”