JOCKEY Jordan Mallyon has joined forces with the Mitch Beer stable.
He arrived on the Border last week after spending the past 18 months riding in Malaysia.
Mallyon said the stint overseas had helped his development as a jockey.
"It was awesome and a very good experience," Mallyon said.
"It was great for me and made me mature both personally and as a jockey.
"It gives you a different outlook on racing and it was good for my mindset.
"The racing style over there is a lot different in that a lot of races are dominated by on pace runners.
"I feel now that I am a lot sharper as a jockey and can make those split-second decisions a lot quicker."
Mallyon can comfortably ride at 54kg and has had previous riding stints in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.
He upstaged some of the biggest international apprentice names to win the 2011 Asian Young Guns Challenge at Flemington.
Mallyon rode a treble at his final meeting in Malaysia.
He extended his winning spree with victory aboard Pacific Tycoon at Wangaratta on Friday for Jodie Bohr.
Mallyon decided to return to Australia after Beer floated the idea with him before Christmas.
"I wasn't really looking to return to Australia but Mitch's offer was too good to refuse basically," he said.
"I thought to myself that Mitch's team is going really well, I feel I'm riding well and to be honest it will be the best offer that I will probably ever get.
"Especially with how competitive the jockey ranks are in Australia at the moment.
"Mitch has got a big team of horses and is not afraid of travelling, so I can see myself getting plenty of opportunities to prove myself."
Mallyon is the older sibling of group 1 winning jockey Katelyn.
Katelyn retired from riding last year.
She became the first female jockey to ride a group 1 winner at Moonee Valley when Silent Sedition won the William Reid Stakes in 2017.
While Blaike McDougall is widely considered the best jockey in the Riverina, Mallyon said teaming with Beer was a huge advantage.
"I'm of the opinion to be in the top ten jockeys in the location where you are riding that you need the backing of a big stable," he said.
"Whether it's a stable of 15 or 40 you need that constant flow of rides and gives you a huge advantage.
"That's why I'm so excited by the opportunity the Mitch has given me."
Mallyon has five rides for Beer at Albury tomorrow.
He will partner Merely Idling, Sherpa Trail, Pips 'N' Crowns, Anna Baabella and Tarazal.
Beer will also saddle-up He's Innocent, Due Delegance and Rarer Than Rubies at Benalla.
The Albury Racing Club was granted the additional meeting after it was forced to abandon its cup meeting last month.
The eight-race card is a Showcase meeting with every race worth $30,000.
The first race is at 1pm with the last at 5.10pm.
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