ALMOST four years ago Tasmanian jockey Jason Maskiell was riding the crest of a wave in Melbourne where he was carving a career in the saddle that was destined to take him to the top.
Riding Group winners became part of the norm for the likeable kid from Longford and with a connection to most of the top stables he was well on his way to becoming one of the icons of the Australian turf.
But falling victim to the methamphetamine Ice sent his career into a nosedive that eventually led the star rider into a state of despair.
A few failed attempts to rid himself of the addiction sent him further into the dark hole he had created for himself but he managed to find a way out and in Hobart on Tuesday he made another significant step towards resurrecting his career.
Maskiell, 26, rode in nearly all the trials at Elwick and while he pulled up a bit sore in places he had forgotten he owned he was thrilled to be back doing what he does best.
Listen to what Jason Maskiell had to say about his recovery and what he has planned for the future.