Ben Melham returns to race riding after hip surgery in The Goodwood

Ben Melham back in the saddle
Ben Melham back in the saddle

BEN Melham makes his return to racing riding in Adelaide on Saturday in a group 1 event he captured last year - The Goodwood, 1200m.

He has not ridden since having hip surgery late last year.

Melham, who grew up and began riding career in Ballarat, completed a group 1 double on the Darren Weir-trained Platelet in Adelaide this time last year - The Sangster and The Goodwood.

While Platelet is chasing back-to-back wins in the time-honoured $500,000 sprint, Melham will be aboard Smokin' Joey for Mornington trainer Wez Hunter.

Brad Rawiller has the ride on Platelet.

Melham's last rides were at Caulfield on November 16.

He resumed riding track work late last month.