Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa will return to the saddle for two rides on Friday after recovering from a heavy fall in August. The 38-year-old sustained multiple injuries after falling from Alnadir in the Irish Lotto At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford.
De Sousa suffered a small fracture to his collarbone and a tiny chip to one of the bones in his neck, but he is now raring to go after making a full recovery. The three-time champion jockey heads to Ascot on Friday in the hope of adding to his 92 winners for 2019 before embarking on a heavy schedule on Saturday.
De Sousa said: “It’s been hard to miss so much racing, but it could have been a lot worse. “I’ve been working hard with the physios and in the gym at Peter O’Sullevan House. We’re all very lucky in Newmarket to have such a wonderful facility available.
“I’ve got two rides at Ascot on Friday, and then six on Saturday – five at Ascot and one at Wolverhampton. “I’m feeling good, but there is nothing like race-riding to improve your fitness. I am looking forward to getting back to work.”