By Garry Dell
Townsville jockey Denicious Smith has two big reasons to celebrate after winning the Townsville Amateur Cup at Cluden Park on Sunday.
Firstly, it was his biggest win in Australia since migrating from South Africa five years ago.
And, secondly, he will receive citizenship status in a ceremony on December 13.
Smith landed the Cup on $61 outsider Higher Love for Townsville part-owner and trainer Maree Young.
On Saturday, Smith spent more than 15 hours in a car travelling to and from Julia Creek where he had five rides.
The 43-year-old Smith has ridden in eight different countries before he migrated to Australia and began work at Ballarat and rode in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia before moving to Townsville.
His easy-going nature and work ethic has made him popular with local trainers and more recently in the western centres of Mount Isa, Richmond, Julia Creek and Cloncurry.
He recently won at Richmond on the Matthew McGuire-trained Collombatti and travelled with the young up-and-coming trainer on Saturday.