A slender margin in the last race at Wellington on Boxing Day was all that stood between a perfect farewell for the well liked jockey Rasit Yetimova when he rode in his final race in Australia before returning this week to his home country Turkey.
The Rodney Robb, Nyngan-trained $2.50 favourite Spinher, with Kath Bell-Pitomac in the saddle gained an opening in the straight and lasted to win by a short head from the Rasit Yetimova mount Walbundrie which finished fast down the outside from near last on the home turn in the 1400 metres Grand Hotel Benchmark 50 Handicap.
From the Catherine Chapman stable at Wellington, the improving Walbundrie started the $14 outsider in the field but was very well backed and proved costly for bookmakers betting each way.
During his earlier times in Australia Yetimova had considerable success in Tasmania and was the winner of an Apprentices Premiership.
Representing Tasmania in the National Apprentices Championship In 2012, Yetimova riding Soldiers Salute won the West Australia Heat of the series at Ascot.
After moving to New South Wales he was attached to the Gary Nickson stable in Sydney and managed by Colin Nickson who helped him become established in the Central West at Dubbo.
During this time he had success including a string of winners at one stage for Dubbo trainer Connie Greig and more recently some good wins for Collarenebri trainer Kelly Smith.
When back in Turkey, Rasit Yetimova intends taking up a position at the jockeys Academy tutoring trackwork riders and apprentices.