Daryl Jacob celebrates his County Hurdle win at Cheltenham in March
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
JUMP jockeys return from their nine-day summer break at Newton Abbot on Wednesday and Daryl Jacob could be joining them after 22 weeks on the sidelines following his pre-race misadventure on Cheltenham Gold Cup day.
“I’m feeling great and I plan to be back at either Newton Abbot or Fontwell the following day,” said the Grand National-winning jockey who, despite his absence, featured in the news over the summer in relation to significant career changes.
Jacob lost his job as number one to Paul Nicholls, but was subsequently appointed first choice jockey to Cue Card’s owners Jean and Bob Bishop following the retirement of Joe Tizzard. He has been riding out for a variety of trainers and took an opportunity last week to get to know dual Cheltenham Festival winner Cue Card while at Colin Tizzard’s stable.
“I had a sit on him and he felt great,” said Jacob, who added on Monday: “I’ve been riding out for the best part of two months, initially with Ralph Beckett, who has always been very good to me. I’ve ridden out for lots of trainers since then. I was at Jamie Snowden’s the other day and this morning I was at Ben Case’s.
“I’ve been given the all-clear by the BHA doctor and now I just need clearance from the racecourse doctor, but that should be no more than a formality. My agent is just finalising a few rides. It’ll be great to be back.”
Jacob broke a leg, knee and elbow on the way to the start for the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle after Port Melon crashed through a running rail, dumping him onto a concrete surface. Little more than half an hour earlier he had ridden his first winner at the meeting when the Nicholls-trained Lac Fontana took the County Hurdle.
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