Sidelined jockey John Kissick took a significant step towards his return to race riding at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday.
Kissick rode in his first official trial in more than three years after the last race at Wagga.
It has been a long time coming for the three-time Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) premiership-winner, who fractured his spine in a steer-riding accident in October 2016.
Kissick rode Real Key for Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland and won the second barrier trial.
Kissick showed he has not lost any of his touch, settling Real Key behind the leader and then taking an inside run to score by a short head from Jodhpur and Rock 'N' Roller.
"Thanks everyone that has helped me get to this point over the last three years, been a long journey," Kissick wrote on Thursday.
Kissick plans to get his weight down and fitness up by riding in barrier trials, before potentially a return to race riding in March.