By Glenn Davis
Tuesday 10 November 2009, 3:07pm
Former champion jockey Mick Dittman will return to live on the Gold Coast next year, but he has no plans to take up training.
Dittman, 57, has spent the past seven years living in Singapore where he rode for two years before becoming a racing manager and working as a bloodstock consultant.
Known as "The Enforcer" during his riding days, Dittman is currently in New Zealand to watch his talented filly Keep The Peace run in the Group One Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
Speaking on Radio TAB, Dittman denied reports he planned to apply for a trainer's licence when he returned to the Gold Coast.
"I haven't got any plans to train," Dittman said.
"I've given notice (in Singapore) and I'm moving back to the Gold Coast in either February or April.
"I love my golf and the warm climate but I'll let others do the hard work (training).
"Training is hard work and long hours and at this stage of my life I'm quite happy to just race a few horses."
While Dittman denied he planned a return to the training ranks, he refused to rule out his son Luke taking on the role in the future.
Dittman trained for only a brief period on the Gold Coast after being granted a licence in October, 2002.
Luke Dittman, 18, is currently living in France and is awaiting a clearance to resume his riding career as an apprentice.
Dittman, whose late wife Maureen was a trainer, said his son had shown a keen interest in training once his riding days were over.
"It's a possibility (of Luke Dittman training)," Dittman said.
"It does interest him and his mother (Maureen) was a trainer but I'll leave that decision to him.
"Luke is in France and for the moment he wants to have a crack at riding over there.
"It's the off-season there at the moment and it's all experience for him.
"He was hoping to be riding now but there's been a hold-up getting his licence from the club over there."
Dittman, who will continue to act as a bloodstock consultant when he returns to Queensland, is regarded as one of Australia's best jockeys.
He landed a double on his first day riding at Murwillumbah as a 16-year-old and went on to become Australia's best rider in the 1980s and early `90s.
Dittman won 90 Group One races and 330 stakes races including most of the major races in Australia such as the Melbourne Cup on Gurner's Lane (1982), Caulfield Cup on Sydeston (1990) and Cox Plates on Strawberry Road (1983) and Red Anchor (1984).
He also won three Golden Slippers on Full On Aces (1981), Bounding Away (1986) and Bint Marscay (1993) but he never won the biggest prize in his home state, the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm, from 28 attempts.