Victorian jockey Jordan Childs enjoyed his time as an apprentice, and was proud of what he achieved, but he is now ready to try and make it as a senior rider.
The 21-year-old has been since the start of the season on August 1.
Some form guides still have him listed as being an apprentice, but he has definitely moved on.
"There's still been an 'A' next to my name in the papers, but I've been a senior rider since the start of the new season," Childs said.
"My four-and-a-half years as an apprentice was up, so I'm now a senior (rider).
"I've still been getting plenty of rides, so hopefully the success can continue."
Childs has ridden 286 winners in his five years as a jockey, including 82 in the metropolitan area.
He will get one chance to add to that on Saturday at Flemington, where he is engaged to ride the Paul Preusker-trained Bling Dynasty in the $120,000 VRC Member Doris Theuma Handicap (2000m).
Now a seven-year-old, the son of Savoire Vivre is getting to something like his best distance range after three runs back from a spell and Childs suspects he will appreciate Flemington.
"He always seems to be hitting the line well so hopefully the big track on Saturday will help," Childs said.
Bling Dynasty is a $13 chance in CrownBet's market, which is headed by the Robert Hickmott-trained Crocodile Rock at $3.10.
Note - Regan Bayliss is also now a senior rider.