Ryan committed to comeback

Former premier Melbourne jockey Nick Ryan is committed to making his latest comeback a success after posting his first city win in nine months at Flemington.

The Danny O'Brien-trained Romping gave Ryan, 21, the start he had been looking for in his comeback to city racing after increasing weight derailed his career in September last year.

Despite drawing awkwardly out wide, Ryan was able to boot Romping home by three-quarters of a length over Monsieur Feraud and Carbon Trader in yesterday's KA Morrison Hcp (1600m).

"It is great to ride a winner, especially at Flemington," Ryan said.

"It has been tough every now and then but everyone is happy when they are riding winners and I'm just rapt to be back."

Ryan has had 20 rides since he made his comeback at Cranbourne on April 26 and returned to the winner's circle on Our Saint at Ballarat on May 3 before bringing up his second win at the same track on Emmy Award last Thursday.

He still can't ride under 57kg and yesterday had his first book of rides on a city track.

His other mounts were Desert Master who finished eighth in the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) and Clavillo who finished 10th in the Murray Cox Hcp (1400m).

Ryan was still an apprentice when he won the 2005 Melbourne jockeys' premiership with 83 wins but this season he has ridden just seven winners state-wide.

Romping was his first city winner since the Peter Moody-trained Storm Signal landed the Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 18.

"I have got to look long-term now and this time I'm planning to be around a long time," Ryan said.

"In this sort of weather it is hard but I'm stable at 57 kilos at the moment and I'm happy.

"I will keep it that way for a while and have a bit of fun and when the warmer weather comes back my weight will come down gradually."

Chief steward Des Gleeson approached Ryan about the possibility of him becoming a steward but riding is where Ryan's heart is.

He said he regularly rides work at Flemington for Mark Kavanagh who gave him his two Ballarat winners.

Ryan said he lost control of his weight when he made a comeback last year after eight to 10 months on the sidelines but he wanted to be riding in the big races again.

"Now I want to look towards the future and I want to do it right," Ryan said.

By Robert Windmill - AAP

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