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De Sousa Back In The Saddle On Friday

De Sousa Back In The Saddle On Friday

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.”

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