By Phillip Quay

Heavyweight jockey Opie Bosson, pictured, returned to the winners’ circle in great style when successful aboard Terra Firma at today’s Taupo Racing Club meeting at Taupo.

Bosson returned to the racing scene at the Hawke’s Bay meeting last Saturday but was not successful at that fixture.

This time there were no mistakes as Bosson got home by one and a quarter lengths in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden (1300m).

It’s clear Bosson was ready to return to racing. He’s eating properly and has lost 10 kilograms in the past five weeks after admitting he let his weight get away on him during his winter recess.

He attributes his return to riding weight to the encouragement of David Ellis, the boss of Te Akau Racing, to whom Bosson is a retained rider.

“After Melody Belle won on the first day at Hastings, I met with Dave and we sat down and sorted out a programme,” Bosson said.

“So now I’m riding trackwork then working out with a personal trainer and then working on the farm during the day. I’m eating properly and I’ve lost 10 kilos from that first day. I’m feeling really good.”

“I am improving with each ride as my fitness returns,” said Bosson who has won 60 Group 1 races.

Terra Firma is owned by New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela.