Leading amateur jockey Jamie Codd is hopeful of returning to action at the Dublin Racing Festival.
The Wexford native suffered rib and lung injuries when falling from Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas in the Grade Three Irish Independent Hurdle at Limerick over Christmas but the extent of his injuries weren't as bad as first feared.
Codd returned racing at Naas on Sunday but solely in a spectator capacity and is confident of returning to point-to-point and racecourse action at the beginning of next month.
"I'm feeling good the last couple of days and it was good to get out and go racing at Naas over the weekend," Codd told the Herald yesterday.
"The Dublin Racing Festival is the main aim as that is also the weekend when the four-year-old maiden races start back in the point-to-points so that is an important weekend in every aspect.
"I don't envisage any problems with being back then and I'd hope to be cleared in the next couple of weeks, to be honest."
Codd has enjoyed a long association with Gordon Elliott and has ridden two of the smartest bumper performers of the season so far in Malone Road and Envoi Allen for Elliott.
Both horses are owned by Cheveley Park Stud and while Malone Road has suffered a setback, Envoi Allen could be a possible contender for the Grade Two bumper at Leopardstown.
"It is a bit early to say what is running at Leopardstown but the aim is to be back point-to-pointing that weekend and hopefully then pick up a nice ride at Leopardstown each day as it's a marquee meeting and it's where you want to be," he added.
Codd recalls that it wasn't actually the impact of the fall from Farclas that has left him sidelined but rather the runners behind him unable to avoid him.
"Farclas is a very good jumper and if anything just over jumped the hurdle. He just took off too far and over jumped it really and didn't get the landing gear out in time.
"The fall itself wasn't too bad but a horse coming behind me just stood on me in the wrong place. Sometimes it goes for you and sometimes it goes against you and on this occasion, it just went against me. But it wasn't the worst thing that could have happened either," he explained.
Codd is replacing Keith Donoghue on Farclas after Donoghue had also been stood down following a fall at Limerick.
Donoghue faces a longer absence after undergoing surgery last week for a broken nose and damaged eye socket.