Joe edges closer to return to saddle

Joe Fanning is edging closer to a return to race riding after a lengthy absence from the track through injury.

The popular jockey has been on the sidelines since sustaining injuries to his shoulder when unseated by Braes of Dune in a Musselburgh handicap at the end of June.

He said: ‘I suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus in the fall, so I had my arm strapped up for 12 weeks. The muscle wasted a bit and I am trying to get that back now.’

Joe, 52, has been working hard on rehab and has been visiting Jack Berry House three times a week.

The good news is that Joe has been back in the saddle on the Kingsley Park gallops. He’s taking things steadily but there is light at the end of the tunnel. ‘All the fractures have healed well and it’s just about getting the muscle back now,’ he said.

Joe will be keen to add to his impressive tally of winners as soon as possible. It’s worth noting that in January 2022, he rode eight winners for the yard from 34 rides, at a strike rate of 23.53%.

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