I am delighted to say that, as long as the final i's get dotted and t's get crossed, I will return to race riding today at Newmarket.
It has been a long two and a half months. Of course I have missed it. It has been frustrating on occasion. On the plus side, it did mean that I was able to have a good break, have a good think about things, spend good time with my family. That has been great. Now I feel fresh and well, and I'm really looking forward to getting back race-riding.
I have been doing plenty of work in the gym and I have been riding out for a little while. Wednesday was not my first time riding out, despite the reports. I feel good. I feel fit. As far as the doctors are concerned, if I am fit enough to ride out, I am fit enough to race ride.
I am greatly indebted to the doctors and to everyone who has helped me in getting back. They know who they are. They have been brilliant. I couldn't have got back as quickly as this without all the help that I got.
I am looking forward lots now to the rest of the season. I'm just pleased to be back competing again.
Newmarket 16:50 - Peterhof
My first ride back will be Peterhof in the one-and-a-half-mile three-year-olds' handicap at Newmarket today. He is a nice progressive colt. He won his maiden on his only run at two, and he shaped promisingly on his debut this season at Newbury. I rode him at Newmarket after that, when he finished a close-up third behind Space Age and Suffused, but that race has worked out really well, and a stronger gallop would have suited him better.
He was off the track for three months after that, again running a nice race to finish second in a decent 10-furlong handicap at Goodwood. The ground was softer than ideal for him that day. That run should bring him forward again, but he probably wouldn't want any more rain.
There are plenty of dangers. Knight Of Wands ran well on fast ground on his racecourse debut and then won on soft ground at Newbury last time. He should improve again.
Hernandoshideaway was disappointing in the Melrose, but he had looked progressive before that, while, similarly, Not Never was progressing nicely before he disappointed in the Mallard Stakes. It is a tight handicap but I am hoping that Peterhof can go close.
It will be good to be back.