DANNY Nikolic is coming home. After his gypsy-like travels of recent years, Nikolic said yesterday he would base himself back in Melbourne.
After his dramatic departure from Mauritius following a volatile exchange with a part-time steward, Nikolic mulled over his future for a week before deciding it lay in his home state.
Nikolic will resume riding at the Sir John Monash Stakes meeting at Caulfield on Saturday week, but he does not plan to tie himself to one stable or track.
"I'm going to do some trackwork for Peter Snowden (at Flemington) and whoever else wants me and that's the case anywhere else," Nikolic said.
"Trainers and owners need to know that I'm here to stay. I plan to ride plenty of trackwork and go to most of the country meetings.
"I've never shirked hard work and that's what I plan to do now that I'm back home."
Nikolic was the stable rider for the powerful Lloyd Williams stable, took up a contract in Hong Kong and then moved to Sydney, where he was the No. 1 rider for Snowden.
But when Darley bought the Snowden horses from Bob Ingham, it brought in Kerrin McEvoy as stable jockey.
He took up a contract in Mauritius in late May, but that ended late last month.
"I could have gone back to Sydney, but unless you're riding for either Pete (Snowden) or Gai (Waterhouse), it's pretty tough going," Nikolic said.
"I've already had a number of the leading stables here contact me and that gives me the confidence that I can make an impact."