Wayne Hutchinson: suffered ligament injuries in a fall at DoncasterPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hutchinson looking forward to Exeter return
WAYNE HUTCHINSON makes his return to race-riding at Exeter on Friday following four weeks on the sidelines after sustaining ligament injuries to his left foot in a fall at Doncaster last month.
Hutchinson, who is set to partner leading JCB Triumph Hurdle hope Gibralfaro in the BetBright-backed Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday, returns on Gibralfaro's Alan King-trained stablemate Pemba when she makes her handicap debut on Friday.
King's stable jockey has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines, missing the winning ride on Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Smad Place in the Cotswold Chase last month, though hopes to make a smooth transition back into competitive action.
"I'm looking forward to getting back on the track as it's been a frustrating few weeks," said Hutchinson. "I've been riding out all week and I'm all good to go. It's an important time of the year so it would be great to return in the form I was in before the setback to set me up nicely for the next few months."
Hutchinson is hopeful his comeback mount may well provide him with a winner, revealing the Million In Mind Partnership-owned filly is a horse "we've always liked".
He said: "Pemba has an interesting profile, we've always liked her and it will be interesting to see how she fares on her handicap debut. The track and trip will be no problem to her and it would be lovely to come back with a winner."