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Daryl Jacob takes the reins again after long injury misery

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

Daryl Jacob will be hoping to make up for lost time when he returns. Photo: Martin Lynch
Daryl Jacob will be hoping to make up for lost time when he returns. Photo: Martin Lynch

Daryl Jacob was delighted to be back riding out for champion trainer Paul Nicholls yesterday, having been sidelined by injury since the Cheltenham Festival.

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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."

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