Jockey He­skin fac­ing six months on side­lines

Gloucestershire Echo - - BRAIN TEASER -

JOCKEY Adrian He­skin is to miss the rest of the Na­tional Hunt sea­son due to in­jury.

The Irish­man suf­fered a bro­ken leg in a fall in De­cem­ber, less than 24 hours be­fore Chel­tenham’s In­ter­na­tional meet­ing.

He missed a win­ning ride at Prest­bury Park on for­mer Grade One win­ner The Worlds End and he has re­vealed he won’t be back in time to part­ner the lead­ing Fes­ti­val can­di­date.

In fact he be­lieves he may still be side­lined af­ter the big spring meet­ings, as he is also re­cov­er­ing from a pro­ce­dure to his shoul­der.

He­skin told his Uni­bet blog he could be out for up to six months as he wants to feel 100 per cent.

“I went for an X-ray on my bro­ken leg to­day and, as things stand, I am now look­ing at a re­turn in the sum­mer, maybe June or July,” he said.

“It’s not just my leg that I have to con­sider at the mo­ment though, as I de­cided to have an op­er­a­tion on my shoul­der last Thurs­day to rec­tify a re­cur­ring prob­lem there.

“It made sense to get the shoul­der sorted now - and I can’t stress enough how much sup­port Max and the Mcneill fam­ily have given me these past few weeks - and that will en­sure I will be in op­ti­mum shape when I do re­turn.”

He­skin was snapped up in Novem­ber 2017 to ride Max Mcneill’s team of horses and sev­eral, in­clud­ing The Worlds End, are based at Tom Ge­orge’s yard in the Glouces­ter­shire vil­lage of Slad.

The lead­ing rider was on the side­lines with an­other of their em­ploy­ees Ciaran Gethings last sum­mer, fol­low­ing falls a week apart from each other in April.

A kick from a horse in a race­course tum­ble at Taun­ton led to his most re­cent set­back.

“The leg it­self is com­ing along fine,” he added in his col­umn.

“They are very happy with the way it is heal­ing, but the shoul­der will add a bit of time to my spell on the side­lines.

“It is ob­vi­ously pretty dev­as­tat­ing to miss out on Chel­tenham and Ain­tree - and, like most jockeys, I am not a good watcher - but you have to bite the bul­let and look at the longterm pic­ture.

“I have a great team around me though, and that means a lot.

“I’ll re­turn bet­ter than ever, I have ab­so­lutely no doubt of that.”

Ge­orge en­joyed a 728/1 across-the­card tre­ble on Mon­day, with each of his win­ners re­turn­ing at odds of 8/1.

Adrian He­skin on the Worlds End

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