THE controversial career of Victorian jockey Danny Nikolic could be re-ignited in Queensland, with stewards confirming he has applied for a riding license in the Sunshine State.
Nikolic’s hefty suspension is up on October 1, and he has been living and training on the Gold Coast to get back to his riding weight.
Queensland chief steward Allan Reardon confirmed Nikolic’s application was before licensing officials.
“He did come into the office about a week and a half ago,” Reardon told The Courier-Mail.
“The matter is still up for discussion.”
Nikolic was most recently under disqualification and then suspension for threatening RVL chief steward Terry Bailey and his family.
The colourful jockey’s task to return to racing has been made easier following his long-term partner Tania Hyett’s recent victory over Victorian stewards.
Victoria’s Racing Appeals Disciplinary Board threw out charges relating to her laying horses on a corporate betting account while she was an employee of Aquanita as an administration manager.
Hyett lost her job over the investigation and now plans to launch action for wrongful dismissal. The board took less than an hour to determine the stewards were unable to prove their case.
A relieved Hyett said she was thankful for the RAD board’s handling of the matter.
“Under the racing rules, stewards have the power to investigate, charge and prosecute alleged breaches,” she said.
“Thank god there exists a board to keep them in check otherwise there would be a lot more of this going on.
“The way in which this matter was handled and reported publicly, including aspects of my personal life, has been very disappointing.”
Meanwhile, top Sydney trainer David Vandyke is also considering a move to Queensland “when the time is right”.
Vandyke has enjoyed success north of the border including Arabian Gold winning the Doomben Roses last year.
“It’s something I have been keen to do for some time,” Vandyke confirmed.