Shayne Cahill has chalked up more than 500 wins throughout his career in the saddle, including 14 at Group or Listed level.
On Sunday at Port Augusta, however, the South Australian registered his maiden triumph as a trainer, Cahill’s charge Mako Cave taking out the final event.
Cahill also happened to ride the four-year-old gelding to victory in the 1200m Benchmark 56 Handicap.
Planning for life after race riding, Cahill took out a dual jockey-trainer licence late last year.
“It’s good to get the monkey off the back. I haven’t had a lot of runners, but, yeah, it’s definitely good to get the first one out of the way,” Cahill said.
The 42-year-old has just two runners in work at Morphettville, but plans to expand his operation when the time is right.
“I pre-train a couple and break a few in as well,” Cahill added.
“I’ve always been a heavyweight and have always wanted to train, but the part that scared me was the business side of it.
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