South African star Callan Murray will be calling Adelaide home from next month with the Group 1 winning multiple jockey keen to embark on his second stint in Australia.
The 24-year-old is set to move to South Australia next season after being granted a visa to continue his career in Australia.
Murray rode in Australia as an apprentice during the 2016/17 season before making successful overseas stays in Hong Kong and Singapore.
He has since returned to his homeland to ride while trying to orchestrate a return to Australia lately.
The talented hoop now has the green light to take the plunge and will leave South Africa on August 1 and arrive in Australia two days later before starting the mandatory two-week quarantine at the hotel.
âIt was quite complicated trying to get a flight, but I’m very excited to go,â Murray said.
âI have wanted to come to Australia for a long time, about two years now, but it was difficult to get a visa to go there.
âRacing SA helped me so I was very lucky for that, and Lachlan Weekley was a big help as well.
“I am really looking forward to it.”
Murray comes to South Australia with a wealth of experience on the world stage for a rider his age and has won nine Group 1 victories to date.
He plans to settle in Morphettville upon his arrival in the country and hopes to use his international experience.
âI have had the chance to travel throughout my career and compete against some of the best jockeys and coaches. I have a lot of experience so I hope I can apply it to Oz, âsaid Murray.
âThe plan is to work hard.
âI just want to build a good relationship and get my foot in a few doors to cement myself a bit.
“After that, I hope I can start to gain momentum, but it’s hard to plan these things until I get there.”
The South Australian Jockeys Hall already has a strong South African presence with Barend Vorster and Karl Zechner both among the top 10 riders in the state.
It comes after several South African coaches, Group 1 winners Gary and Dean Alexander made the decision to move to Australia to start working at the new training center of excellence being developed at Murray Bridge.