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Top hoop Aidan Holt returns for another riding comeback

27 June 2022

By Garry Dell

Comeback jockey Aidan Holt and trainer wife Georgie have their hopes pinned on promising galloper Go Deep to be on his best race day behaviour at Townsville's Cluden Park on Tuesday.

Aidan is hoping the five-year-old gelding will give him his first provincial winner in his current comeback after his recent victories at Bowen.

Go Deep was a last-start winner in a Benchmark 65 over 1000 metres at Cluden on June 11, when ridden by veteran Adrian Layt carrying 55kg.

He will lump 62.5kg on Tuesday but has the rails draw and a jockey wise to his number of race day tricks.

"He's full of tricks on race day," trainer Georgie said.

"We're still trying to work him out but we know he's got a ton of ability.

"He's a brilliant track worker and if they paid prize money for track work, then we'd be millionaires.

"But, jokes aside, Aidan knows him well and if he can overcome his tricks he'll be right in the money.

"We haven't got any forward plans at this stage but hopefully he will settle down and pick up a couple of decent races over the upcoming carnival.

"He did win a race at Eagle Farm so he has plenty of talent."

Aidan, who gave riding away because of increasing weight, came out of retirement to partner North Queensland champion The Harrovian during his winning run two years ago.

He only recently returned to the jockey ranks and has had a limited number of rides.

"He doesn't ride that much because with 18 horses in work and two kids it's a busy place," Georgie said.

"There's not a lot of time for Aidan to be in the spa while we're sweating it out around the stable."

Georgie has eight runners entered for Tuesday's meeting with four in the three-year-old event.

She considers last-start Cairns winner Le Rubis her best chance in the race.

"She's a nice Rubick filly and won well over 950 metres at Cairns and Justin Stanley will give her every chance," she said.