Walker rides again!

Michael Walker had a successful return to competitive riding at Thursday’s Cambridge trials, winning two heats from his six rides.

MichaelWalker Last season’s champion jockey was given approval to ride at trials on Monday as part of his rehabilitation after he suffered serious head injuries in a pig hunting accident in Taranaki in May.

He started riding trackwork at New Plymouth just over a month ago.

Walker was to have ridden at the Paeroa trials on Tuesday but they were abandoned because rain had made the track potentially unsafe.

He was unplaced in his first ride Thursday, but had an emphatic win on the three-year-old filly Santangelo in the eighth heat, scoring by 4-1/2 lengths.

Two heats later he won on the Keeper filly Garder L’Amour and he had two thirds in his last two rides.

All his mounts today were trained by Mark Walker for whom he was a regular rider before his accident.

He suffered head injuries when he fell over a bluff while pig hunting with two companions in remote bush at Okau, 30km south of Awakino in north Taranaki.

Walker will require a further clearance from his doctor and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s medical adviser to resume race day riding.