Jockey to take break

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Tal­ented Cam­bridge jockey Ja­son Waddell won’t be rid­ing again un­til the new sea­son.

He is tak­ing an ex­tended break fol­low­ing the loss of his mother, com­pounded by his own ill-health.

“I’ve been strug­gling to grieve for my Mum and I had health is­sues and I wasn’t too good af­ter the Australian Derby,” he said.

“I didn’t want to let any­body down so it was best to take a step away.”

Waddell won the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on the Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man-trained Vin De Dance and re­tained the ride across the Tas­man.

They fin­ished fourth in both the Gr.1 Rose­hill Guineas (2000m) and in the Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m).

“My weight wasn’t good and I was tak­ing five or six ki­los off to ride Vin De Dance,” said Waddell, who was also suf­fer­ing from kid­ney stones and a kid­ney in­fec­tion.

“Af­ter I flew home I pretty much didn’t leave the house for a month, but I’m back rid­ing some work now.”

Waddell will en­joy an over­seas break be­fore re­turn­ing home to pre­pare for the 2018-19 sea­son.

“The fam­ily and I are go­ing to Swe­den and then around Europe — for­tu­nately I had a pretty good sum­mer here,” he said.

“It will be nice to get some sun on my back again and I’ll do some train­ing while I’m away.”

The 32 year old has rid­den 35 win­ners this sea­son, in­clud­ing seven at Group or Listed level.

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