Champion hoop Nash Rawiller on the move to Melbourne for December

Champion jockey Nash Rawiller will turn back time and go back to where it all began and ride in Melbourne over the festive season, with teenage son Campbell eagerly awaiting his arrival and a potentially another chance to ride against his old man.

Nash Rawiller, currently third behind James McDonald on the Sydney jockey premiership, will ride at Rosehill on Saturday before heading to Victoria where he will base himself for the month of December.

It is primarily a move of the heart, motivated by family reasons and a desire to reunite with his family including kids Campbell and Caitlin in a year where interstate travel for jockeys has often been near impossible with the COVID crisis.

At this point, Rawiller’s interstate move is intended to be a month-long stint before potentially riding at the Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival and then returning to Sydney in January.

Rawiller’s brother Brad recently left for a riding stint in Perth but Nash has an extended family network in Victoria, including wife Sarah.

Son Campbell, 19, a Mornington-based apprentice, can’t wait to see his Dad and also potentially ride against him.

It has so far only happened once – in a race at Bendigo last year where Campbell finished fourth and his Dad finished second.

Jockey Nash Rawiller (left) riding Sky Call and son jockey Campbell Rawiller riding Ultra Smart pose for a photo after riding against each other at Bendigo in October 2019.Source:AAP

At the time both Rawillers vowed to ride against each other again in the future and the dream would be to fight out the finish of a race one day.

“I haven‘t seen Dad for a long time and it’s been pretty difficult at times not having him here in Victoria with me – it will be great to have the family back together,” Campbell said.

“I think he’s going to do some great things in Victorian racing while he is here.

“We have only ridden against each other once and that was really good and I hope it happens again soon.”

Nash Rawiller, who has won 59 Australian Group 1s, had originally decided to reignite his career in Victoria after he returned from Hong Kong.

But he switched his focus to instead base himself in Sydney – but in December he will get a chance to occupy the same Victorian jockeys’ rooms where he once cut his teeth as a talented apprentice.

Originally published asNash Rawiller to ride in Melbourne over the festive season

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