LOCAL jockey Rory Devine broke a seven year drought when landing a tidy double at Tyrella Racecourse on Saturday.
The 38-year-old guided the 2/1 shot The Trigger to victory over the jumps at the point-to-point meeting followed quickly by the 5/1 shot Nettle Bush.
Devine, who has been involved in horse racing for almost three decades, had not ridden a winner since 2010.
A highly promising jockey in his youth, the local rider had put the sport to one side due to family commitments and says his involvement these days is “more of a hobby” than anything.
On Saturday though he was back in the winners’ enclosure, much to the delight of trainers Sean McParlan and Rodney Arthur.
The winning jockey said, “I had ridden Nettle Bush two weeks previous and he was third. But I knew he could do better so I was expecting him to win. With the Trigger, I had ridden him in a bit of exercise work so I was fairly confident there too.
“It felt great to be riding winners again and I was on a high all weekend. I’ll have to see what comes off the back of it but hopefully I will get a few decent rides out of it.”