Pop­u­lar Aspell fit af­ter neck in­jury

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

WEL­COME news reaches us from Sus­sex that dual Grand Na­tional win­ning jockey Leighton Aspell is fit again af­ter miss­ing Ain­tree this year with bro­ken ver­te­brae in his neck.

He is one of the se­nior states­men in the weigh­in­groom at the age of 39 fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of ev­er­green An­drew Thorn­ton but sen­si­bly is not in a rush to re­sume rid­ing while the ground re­mains un­sea­son­ably firm at most jumps tracks.

Ex­pect Aspell to be busy back in the sad­dle when the sta­bles he rides for start to have run­ners once the ground eases in the au­tumn.

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