Lisa Cropp back in the saddle at Te Rapa

(Written by Paul Vettise, NZ Racing Desk).

Lisa Cropp, who adds much interest to Saturday's Te Rapa meeting with her return to raceday riding. (Photo: Trish Dunell)

Lisa Cropp, who adds much interest to Saturday’s Te Rapa meeting with her return to raceday riding. (Photo: Trish Dunell)

Former champion jockey Lisa Cropp will make her comeback to race-riding at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Cropp (44) has been booked for three rides – – Rolling In The Deep, Double Parked and Trepidation, horses prepared by Windsor Park Stud’s private trainer Chris McNab.

Cropp, who won the New Zealand jockeys’ premiership three times (2005, 2006 and 2007), was banned for nine months in 2009 after testing positive to methamphetamine in 2005. She returned to riding in 2010 in Melbourne and rode in Australia for 17 months before returning to New Zealand, where she edged closer to 1000 wins in this country.

She will be out to add to that tally of 970 New Zealand wins on Saturday when she returns to race-riding for the first time since June 25, 2012. Her last win came aboard the Mark Brosnan-trained Danrose at Tauranga two days earlier.

Soon afterwards Cropp announced she was putting her racing career on hold to follow a career in showjumping. Cropp was unable to be contacted but posted on Facebook: “I’m returning to the race track this Saturday!!”

McNab was delighted to have the services of Cropp, who applied for the position of trackwork rider at Windsor Park and got the job, sparking aspirations of returning to raceday riding.

“She’s fit and keen and I’m pleased to have her on,” said McNab. “She’s world-class. You forget just how good a rider she is but you see her riding trackwork and it’s all there.

“She starts with a clean slate with us. I’ve got no qualms about putting her own. I’ll be quite happy to hand her the colours on Saturday.”