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Rodd making sure he stays in fine form


Followers of jockey Michael Rodd will have to fend for themselves over the festive season while he takes a second round of holidays to visit family interstate.

Michael Rodd Rodd is mindful of not over-taxing his body after being sidelined for four months early this year with post-viral fatigue.

He took a three-week break after finishing second on Sniper’s Bullet in Perth’s Group One Railway Stakes on November 22 and this month came back for eight days for a handful of rides.

He scored on Heresay at Sandown last Wednesday and last Saturday at Flemington booted home his only ride for the day, Itstheone, for Mark Kavanagh.

Rodd said he now realised the importance of having a break between carnivals.

“I did it pretty tough over the spring carnival and I didn’t want anything to happen again like last January,” Rodd said.

He said he initially intended to have a month off but came back early to pick up his fitness levels to ensure he would be at his top for the New Year.

“I have been doing all my training again so I do not have to do much after Christmas,” Rodd said.

“I get back on New Year’s Day but I probably won’t ride until the following Saturday (at Caulfield).”

Rodd, who won the Cox Plate on Maldivian, enjoyed a stellar spring with his mounts winning more than $5.7 million in stakes.

By Robert Windmill