Cathy Gannon: has ridden 17 winners this yearPICTURE: Getty Images
Gannon hoping Clover is lucky for her return
CATHY GANNON, who was forced to miss the Shergar Cup through injury, hopes to put that disappointment behind her by returning to action at Chelmsford tonight with a winner.
Gannon lost her place in the Girls team at the annual Ascot event after failing to recover in time from a bruised collarbone suffered in a fall at Chepstow three weeks ago, and watched her replacement Sammy Jo Bell steal the headlines by riding a double and winning the Silver Saddle.
"It's been frustrating being on the sidelines but that's the name of the game, there are plenty of ups and downs in racing and you've just got to move on," said Gannon on Sunday.
"It was a blow not to be part of the Shergar Cup, but it was great for the sport that the girls won it and I was pleased for Sammy Jo, who made the most of the opportunity and showed her talent."
Gannon brought an injury-plagued absence stretching back 16 months to an end at Chelmsford in mid-March, since when she had notched 17 winners before her latest setback, two of them provided by the Malcolm Saunders-trained Lucky Clover, with whom she is reunited in tonight's 5f handicap.
She added: "It will be good to be back and Lucky Clover looks to have a great chance. It would be nice to get back into the swing of things with a winner."