Warwick jockey Damien Robinson rides trackwork on the Mick O’Neil-trained Special For Sure yesterday.
Warwick jockey Damien Robinson rides trackwork on the Mick O’Neil-trained Special For Sure yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Hoop heads north

WARWICK has a resident jockey for the first time in 12 years after the move of Damien Robinson to the town.

After winning 66 races in South Australia and Victoria, Robinson has moved north in the past month.

He is riding track work at Allman Park and in Toowoomba.

In his first Toowoomba ride, he won on Italia Price, trained by Bill Brown in Warwick, and will ride at Allman Park on Saturday.

He was top apprentice in South Australia in 2007-2008, riding for trainer David Balfour. Both Robinson and Balfour were fourth in open premierships in the same season.

Robinson said he moved to Warwick to try his luck in Queensland after being restricted to two or three rides a week in South Australia.

"Some riders returned from overseas which squeezed some of us out," he said.

Down south he recorded 65 wins, 69 seconds and 70 thirds, the majority in the metropolitan area. He rode a second in a listed race in Adelaide and won $60,000 sprints on cup days at Moe and Benalla.


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