Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Tony Allan will return to race riding at Woodville on Thursday.
Allan, who partnered Empire Rose to win the 1988 Melbourne Cup, worked with horses in Japan for a decade after leaving New Zealand in 2005.
More recently, the 50-year-old spent 18 months working for leading Sydney trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.
Allan rode regularly at jump-outs while with the Snowden stable and he was also in action at the Waipa trials on Tuesday.
One of the catalysts for a return to race riding was his desire to top 1000 wins in New Zealand. His New Zealand tally stands at 996, including 43 at group level.
He will be based at Levin and his early engagements for Woodville include Miss Moneypenny, a first-starter from Sylvia Kay's in-form stable.
Allan has won nine Group One races in New Zealand, including the Two Thousand Guineas, Telegraph Handicap, Avondale Cup (twice), Easter Handicap (twice) and Manawatu Sires' Produce. He also won the Kelt Stakes when it was a Group Two race.