Darren Egan warmed up for his return to Goodwood and declared: It’s my favourite track.
The 21-year-old established himself as one of the best apprentice jockeys last season with 47 winners.
Six of those victories came from just 20 rides at Goodwood as he established a firm affinity with the stunning West Sussex course, which hosts its second fixture of the season tomorrow.
Egan also snatched two wins at the Glorious festival.
He steered Landaman to victory in the bet365.com Handicap.
And then he recorded a neck verdict on Aussie Reigns, who he is booked to ride again tomorrow, in the Telegraph Nursery.
The double capped a brilliant summer campaign for the emerging talent.
However, disaster struck in October when a fall at Wolverhampton left Egan with a broken collarbone and put paid to his chances of becoming champion apprentice.
He is determined to make up for lost time now he is back in the saddle, though.
And more success at Goodwood is high on the jockey’s wish list.
The Irishman said: ‘It was an unbelievable day when I won my first race at Glorious Goodwood on Landaman.
‘It was for Mr (Mark) Johnston as well which was a big help.
‘The raw talent on show with the horses and jockeys makes it one of the best meetings and the atmosphere on top of that is unbelievable.
‘I rode another winner as well later in the week, so that was brilliant.
‘You need a lot of luck in running, especially over the longer trips.
‘Goodwood is very difficult to ride compared to other courses because you are constantly switching and changing.
‘You need a horse that can carry you into the race and they have to handle the track.
‘I enjoy the challenge of riding around there and I would say it is my favourite track for obvious reasons.
‘I like the big handicaps at Glorious Goodwood because it is very competitive and just a thrill to get a ride.’
Egan was pleasantly surprised by how well last summer went.
‘The support I got from trainers was tremendous,’ he added.
‘But, after I broke my collarbone, it has taken a while to pick up this year.
‘It’s starting to get going again now and, ideally, I would like to have another go at the apprentice title but we will just have to see.’
Tomorrow’s seven-race card begins at 1.55pm and the final contest goes to post at 5.15pm.