Daryl Jacob takes the reins again after long injury misery
Daryl Jacob was delighted to be back riding out for champion trainer Paul Nicholls yesterday, having been sidelined by injury since the Cheltenham Festival.
Jacob suffered a broken leg, knee and elbow after a nasty fall from Port Melon prior to the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March.
With Sam Twiston-Davies revealed as the new No 1 jockey at Ditcheat at the end of April, Jacob decided to go freelance instead of being retained as a No 2 rider for Nicholls – a position he filled when Ruby Walsh was stable jockey. However, he retains strong links with the team and enjoyed being back in the saddle at Manor Farm Stables.
Jacob said: "It felt great to be back riding, I really enjoyed it and hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here.
"I'm not sure when I'll be back race-riding. I'm just taking things day by day and I want to make sure I'm 100 pc when I come back.
"I'll be riding out for Mr (Ralph) Beckett during the summer and a few other yards as well, so I'm looking forward to it.
"I'll mainly be keeping busy as a freelance and I want to ride in the big races on the good horses as much as possible."