BRODIE Loy is in the process of relocating to Sydney in a bid to re-establish himself as a city class jockey.
Loy has previously proven he can more than match it in the ultra competitive Sydney jockey ranks with a group 2 victory aboard the Bjorn Baker-trained Burbero in 2015.
He also had a short stint for John O'Shea when he was the head trainer for racing giant Godolphin.
The talented hoop returned from an 18-month suspension in August and has 20 winners and 53 minor placings from 177 rides since resuming.
Loy said champion hoops Glen Boss and Hugh Bowman have been mentors for him as he attempts to resurrect his career in the saddle.
"I've been lucky enough to have been getting a bit of guidance and advice from Glen and Hughie and have decided to bite the bullet and have another crack at riding in Sydney," Loy said.
"I'm still prepared to travel anywhere to take rides but I will be based in Sydney and am moving in with Winona Costin until I find somewhere else to rent.
"I feel like I'm a lot more mature than when I previously rode in Sydney as an apprentice and mentally a lot stronger to handle the pressure that comes with riding against the best jockeys.
"Looking back, I was probably just too immature to handle the pressure.
"But since I've been back I've been in a good space mentally, am really on top of my weight and now I just need the opportunities to prove myself."
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Loy is presently serving a careless riding suspension and is not eligible to resume riding until December 14.
The 23-year-old said he didn't have the benefit of being a stable rider for any trainer and would be riding as a a freelance jockey.
"I'm prepared to work my butt off each day riding as much track work as I can and hopefully get opportunities that way," he said.
"Back home at Albury it is a bit more relaxed but now I will be starting at 3am each morning.
"I know I can't afford to take my foot off the pedal and will have to prove to trainers that I'm worthy of a second chance.
"I think it's the perfect time to be heading to Sydney with the holiday season fast approaching and a lot of jockeys have young families.
"Some of the jockeys like to take a bit of time off to spend with their families and hopefully than can create some extra opportunities for me.
"I'm heading up there with the mindset that the harder I work, the luckier I will be in regards to getting rides."
Loy said that although he could still make a good living riding in the bush, the dream of riding a group one winner is what motives him most as a jockey.
"I think Peter Robl is a classic example," Loy said.
"Peter was a successful jockey in this area for a long period of time and then headed up to Sydney, worked very hard and ended up being a group one jockey.
"That's what I also want to strive for - being a group one jockey.
"It will probably take me 12 months or even longer to re-establish myself in Sydney but I'm prepared to stick it out as long as it takes."
Meanwhile John Kissick is expected to apply to ride in official trials this week as he gets closer to a return.
Kissick has been sidelined more than three years after fracturing his T-12 vertebrae in 2016.