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Gannon sidelined until February after surgery

CATHY GANNON, who had her best ever season in 2009 with 48 winners is hoping to be back in the saddle towards the end of February after having shoulder surgery.

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Cathy Gannon: cant wait to return

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Ireland's former champion apprentice suffered damage to her right shoulder in a fall at Redcar in June, and decided to have the surgery last November. As a result, she will be out of action until at least the end of February.

She told on Friday:"The shoulder kept popping out of its socket and I needed to get it fixed. The surgery was carried out in Cardiff in November by Geoff Graham, who has also treated shoulder injures for several other jockeys, including Andrew Thornton, Jamie Moore and Christian Williams."

Gannon struggled for rides when moving to Britain, but her career revived last season with support from trainers including Mick Channon and David Evans.

She said:"I was terribly homesick when I came to England and I would dash back to see my family in Dublin at the first opportunity, but I'm very well settled these days and I can't wait to return to raceriding."

She added: "The arm came out of the sling on ChristmasEve, and I'm due to start physiotherapy within the next few days at Oaksey House in Lambourn."

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