Sam Twiston-Davies: has been frustrated at being on the sidelines
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JOCKEY Sam Twiston-Davies faces a crunch week as he aims to be cleared to return to riding after injury in time for the Open meeting at Cheltenham next month.
Twiston-Davies, 24, has been sidelined since bruising his spleen and kidneys in a fall at Chepstow this month, but has gradually been getting more exercise in after his release from hospital.
The leading rider had earmarked the Cheltenham fixture on November 11-13 as the target for his return to the saddle and hopes to get a positive update over the next seven days.
Speaking on The Morning Line, Twiston-Davies said: “I’m getting plenty of exercise in. I’m swimming a lot and went to Oaksey House twice this week and will go every day next week so I’m going to get a lot of hammer. The body has to take it and with a little bit of luck I’ll be back for Cheltenham.
“It’s all next week [that decisions are made]. I’m not allowed to make that decision it’s up to Dr Jerry Hill of the BHA and Emma [Edwards] who’s looking after me at Oaksey House. Myself and Emma have a plan and my body has to take it.”
Twiston-Davies has been sidelined during a period of sustained success for his employer Paul Nicholls, and the jockey admits it has been frustrating at times.
“It’s been hard because when you see all these horses winning I’d happily say ‘throw me on the back of one now, I’ll be grand’ so that’s why I’ve taken my opinion out of it,” he said.
“Because it’s something you can’t see the scan itself won’t look normal for months due to where it is and the scar tissue etc. The body has to take what they see fit to let me back riding. Hopefully I’ll be back riding for Cheltenham and fitter than I was before the injury.”
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