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Davy Condon nears return to action


Jockey Davy Condon. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Jockey Davy Condon. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Jockey Davy Condon. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Davy Condon is nearing a return to competitive action after riding out on Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering a heavy fall at Cork in August.

Condon was partnering the Gordon Elliott-trained Flaxen Flare at the Mallow track, a horse he guided to Cheltenham Festival glory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle in March the previous year, when he crashed out two flights from the finish.

The jockey suffered three fractured vertebrae in the fall and initially feared he may never ride again after suffering a rare condition called spinal concussion, which briefly left him unable to move from the neck down.

Thankfully he has made a full recovery and was delighted to be back in the saddle at Elliott's yard.

Condon said: "I rode five lots and did a bit of schooling, so it was pretty much a full work day and that is what I wanted.

"There is no point going back and tip-toeing around. I enjoyed it.

"I'm hoping to be back for Christmas. I won't be riding this weekend, but I might look at the following weekend. We'll just see how we go.

"My back healed fairly quickly, thankfully, and all the scans came back clear, so it's just a case of getting fully fit now.

"Every day riding out will help. You can't beat riding out as you use totally different muscles when you're riding to normal exercise.

"I can't wait to get back."

Condon's potential mounts over the festive period include Elliott's talented dual-purpose performer Bayan, who is being targeted at The Ladbroke at Ascot on December 20.