Forbes returning to Melbourne later in month

Cambridge apprentice Alex Forbes is set to rejoin the Melbourne riding ranks a day after he celebrates his 18th birthday.

Forbes will return to trainer Leon Corstens on January 23 and plans to complete his apprenticeship under the guidance of the top horseman who was a long-time foreman for the Cups King, Bart Cummings.

Forbes spent a few months riding for Corstens last year and made a favourable impression when kicking home a dozen winners, including seven for Corstens and three for another leading trainer, Mick Kent.

“It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to going back,” said Forbes. “I’ve been struggling with my weight over here but when I was there last time I got down to 51 kilos. I’m hoping it works out because I want to stay.”

Highlights for Forbes during his first stint with Corstens included riding five winners at Moonee Valley and riding at Flemington and Caulfield.

Forbes began his apprenticeship with his father, Graeme, then joined Stephen Marsh’s stable last year, a move which saw him land his first two stakeswinners. He won the Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup on the Ralph Manning-trained Innovation last October and the Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint a month later at Te Rapa on Marsh’s Savour The Moment.

Forbes has ridden a total of 109 winners with 53 in his first season and 25 in New Zealand last term. His tally for the current season stands at 19.