LEADING jockey Brendon McCoull will make a belated start to the new racing season with seven rides at Spreyton on Sunday.
McCoull, who recently clinched his 13th Tasmanian jockeys' premiership, hasn't ridden since a trackwork fall more than two months ago.
He suffered broken ribs and expected to be sidelined for six weeks but the injury took longer than expected to heal.
McCoull will continue his successful partnership with leading trainers David and Scott Brunton this season and will ride Cerise Sauvage for the stable on Sunday.
He also has two rides for Peter Luttrell, and one each for Barry Campbell, Mark Ganderton, Bill Ryan and Graeme McCulloch.
The jockey will renew his association with classy sprinter Bionic Star in the main race, the Sportsbet (Bm78) Handicap.
McCoull has ridden the Campbell-trained gelding at 11 of his 14 starts, recording four wins and two placings.
Bionic Star hasn't raced since failing in an an open handicap at Elwick in December when he pulled up lame.
At his previous start, he had been beaten only two lengths by Victorian visitor It's Crunch Time in the Newmarket Handicap at Mowbray.
Campbell has a strong hand in Sunday's race as he will also saddle up topweight Innocent Gamble, to be ridden by stable apprentice Ismail Toker.
Innocent Gamble, who won the $100,000 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield in January 2010 before losing form, has been rejuvenated by Campbell.
He has won four races since coming to Tasmania including his past two starts on the Devonport track.
Sunday's meeting has attracted 106 final acceptors and there will be an early start at 11.55am to accommodate nine races.