The talented young jockey Andrew Adkins disagreed with expert medical opinion to return to race riding in Gosford on Wednesday.
Andrew Adkins disagreed with expert medical opinion to make his riding comeback in Gosford on Wednesday, just seven months after suffering multiple injuries in the fall of the horror race.
A talented young jockey was left with a broken leg, ribs, clavicle and lung puncture after a fall at Rose Hill last July. His mount, Hot’N’Hazy, was devastated in this incident.
Doctors initially told Adkins that he needed to recover for at least 12 months, but the jockey didn’t.
Adkins recorded his inspiring path to recovery through social media and with a strong determination and high tolerance to pain. Adkins miraculously returns to the saddle five months earlier than planned with three rides at the Australian Turf Club’s mid-week meeting in Gosford.
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“I’m not nervous. All I feel is the pure excitement of re-entering the race,” Adkins said. “I worked so hard that I can’t wait to get back there again.
“The doctor told me I needed a year off and asked some questions if I could return to trackwork in January, but I think determination and effort can lead you a long way. I will.
“I’ve spent a little over a month on trackwork right now. I’ve probably participated in 25 barrier trials during that time and I’m happy with what’s going on.
“My body feels really good. I only improve by racing, but I feel as close as possible to a 100% fit without racing.
“I don’t want to race if I don’t have enough physical strength to be there. I want to give the horse every opportunity to the trainers and owners who support me.”
Trainers Chris Waller, Matthew Bella, Peter and Paul Snowden’s stables each gave Adkins a chance to mark the long-awaited riding return as a winner.
Adkins will be riding Team Snowden. He has partnered with Stunning To Win on the Vinery Stud Plate (1100m) with many successes.
“Hopefully, I found a great ride for Andrew to come back on Stunning To Win,” said Peter Snowden.
“Andrew definitely deserves a change of luck. He experienced three bad falls, but it wasn’t his fault.
“But he has the right attitude. He keeps it up and works hard and he is very enthusiastic.
“We definitely support him, always have, and will always do, and I think everyone in the race wants him well.”
Adkins hadn’t been in Waller’s stables much before, but was rewarded by riding the Robrick Lodge Handicap (1600m) Tycoon Harry.
“Andrew’s booking isn’t very credible, as Tycoon Harry’s owners Blood Hunt and Ben Vasaro have proposed to support him,” Waller said.
“But it’s a type of Brad and Ben, and it would be great if we could help Andrew act again.
“I’m not sure Andrew, but he’s diligent and every jockey appreciates him very much.
“Tycoon Harry is also a chance. She got great with her debut, and it’s a little jump to the mile, but it will suit her.”
Adkins has overcome many things, including the great success of Snowden-trained mare Dame Giselle for Sir Owen Glen, owner of Me Calpa. A mare trained by Bella on the Highland Race Color Plate (1100m).
“Andrew always rode for Sir Owen, and we are keen to support him,” Bella said.
“As soon as his father, Brett, called me that Andrew was available, I put him straight in Mare Carpa.
“The 2-year-old race is so strong that I decided to run Mea Culpa against an old horse.
“We have rails to follow. This is very important. Tell Andrew to drive Me Carpa out of the gate.
“This horse is very quiet and you have to do everything right. I think he’s a good two year old Wellington boot type.”
So can Adkins mark his return to race riding with the winner of the fairy tale comeback in Gosford?
Bookmakers suggest he has a good chance on his first ride. Tycoon Hallie has a $ 4.60 chance, Mea Culpa has a $ 11 chance, and Stunning To Win has a $ 9 chance.
“Tycoon Harry looked very good through the line at the first start,” Adkins said.
“She found a bit of a problem near 100m, but it closed well. She’s a nice relaxed horse, so I think it suits her to step up to the mile.
“I’ve tried MeaCulpa well, but pulling the rails helps.
“I got on the Stunning To Win trackwork and she’s on track.
I hope the results will come out on the first day. She also tries well and is a good chance from the inner barrier. I hope the results come out. “
Waller Boy Prepared for Gosford
Sydney’s premier trainer, Chris Waller, will be able to continue his wonderful two-year-old season when Praciolite and the Gulf of Aden collide in the race debut of the ANZ Bloodstock Newsplate (1000m) in Gosford.
The state truck hosts the Australian Turf Club’s mid-week metropolitan meeting, and Waller sends the opener a strong team, including his boy pair, to Gosford.
The Hall of Fame trainer has never won a Golden Slipper, but Shakero (Magic Millions), Internal Affairs (Silver Slipper), she definitely had the best season ever with her two-year-old kid, including everything. So this year could be this year with classes and heads of state.
Prasiolite is a mare raised by Written Tycoon from Jade Marauder, the winner of Waller’s former classy mare Sweet Embrace Stakes.
Jade Marauder, also the first runner in Waller’s history with a golden slipper, competed in the world’s richest boy race in 2012, but was far behind champion Colt Piero.
Praciolite showed that she inherited her share of abilities when she held herself against the booming Formove’s Ahead in the Rosehill Barrier Trial two weeks ago.
“I thought Praciolite was incredible in her trial,” Waller said. “I didn’t expect her to work that well.”
Price assessors at TAB Fix Odds did not miss the trial effort of Placiolite and installed the mare as a favorite for $ 3.90 to make their winning debut.
However, Waller’s other runner, the Gulf of Aden, was stable in a very strong heat in a recent Rose Hill trial session after his very good trial, close to fourth place in Shakero, Remarque and Tiger of Murray. $ 10 can exceed the odds.
Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have three young people in the youth race. The famous Amen Corner (she is outside Augusta Proud), Oblique, and Congolmerate.
But Snowden Stables’ best chance of winning at the Gosford Conference promises $ 2.60’s favorite 3-year-old female Sarateen to bring a hat-trick victory at the Darley Handicap (1200m) street boss. Is to do.
Sarateen resumed with a dominant victory on the same course and distance earlier this month, and Peter Snowden said I had invincible mares well trained.
“She worked pretty well from the beginning,” Snowden said. “The race was run to suit her, they went pretty fast, and she sat them down and rounded them up late.
“But she’s always out of shape and back in Gosford. It’s a stronger race, but a small field is suitable and has early speed. Hopefully she’s the same as the last start. Get the kind of execution “