The pull of family won out when internationally-performed jockey Danny Beasley was deciding where to resume his riding career, reports

The Golden Slipper-winning hoop will next week make his return to Australian racing after almost eight years based in Singapore.

Beasley achieved his greatest success in Sydney, which was where he was based before heading to Singapore, but said he gave serious thought to a fresh start in Melbourne.

“Family was the ultimate decision,” Beasley told’s Racing Ahead on RSN.

“I did think very long and hard about it and I was really seriously considering Melbourne but, ultimately, I’ve got a son in Sydney and he’s who I would like to be close to.”

Beasley, who was born in Berrigan, will resume riding at next week’s Wagga carnival, which includes the Wagga Cup on Friday 1 May.

It will be the first time he has been a permanent fixture on the Australian circuit since 2007, which was when he took up his post in Singapore.

Beasley rode five Group 1 winners in Singapore, to go with his 14 winners at the top level in Australia.

The first of those came in Melbourne - aboard Miss Pennymoney in the 2000 Newmarket Handicap - while his biggest victory was the 2003 Golden Slipper aboard Polar Success.

He also won the Doncaster Mile that year aboard Grand Armee, on whom he won six Group 1 races.

Beasley has taken time out since receiving the shock news late last year that his licence would not be renewed after 1 January and he is refreshed and ready to get back into it.

The 39-year-old said he barely watched a race for three months and took inspiration from the way some champions of the saddle have returned after a break at similar stages of their career.

“I had a nice break away from racing and feel really refreshed and really keen to get back into it,” he said.

“I’ve been riding for 22 years and never really had a break from it, just a few days here and there, and I just thought it was a good opportunity (to do that).

“I took inspiration from people in the past who were probably at the same stage of their careers.Darren Beadman and Damien Oliver - not that he wanted his break - had a break at a similar stage of their career and when they came back they were arguably better riders and riding fantastically.”