SEAN Cormack, who left South Africa for Australia after retiring in 2015, on Friday rode his first winner at the Sunshine Coast racetrack, where he swung a leg over a few horses again recently and took some places.

The talented Cormack booted home the 12-1 chance Bel Classico for trainer Stuart Kendrick, a moderate five-year-old mare. She did it start-to-finish under a polished ride which would have caught the attention of other trainers.

Bel Classico hangs on to win.
Bel Classico hangs on to win.

Cormack dictated the pace, sent Bel Classico well clear and then left enough in the tank to hold on.

Cormack has ridden over 950 career wins and with some luck and dedication could soon find himself in similar demand as his former countrymen Jeff Lloyd, Robbie Fradd and Glyn Schofield, all now among Australia’s leading jockeys.