Rhys Flint to return to riding on Sunday
RHYS FLINT, who won the conditional riders' championship in 2009-10 but relinquished his licence in the summer after struggling with his weight, returns to the saddle at Taunton on Sunday.
Flint, who struck up a successful partnership with the Philip Hobbs-trained Fair Along, last rode in June and began preparing for the future by taking the BHA's training modules with the aim of setting up shop at his father John's Bridgend base.
Rhys Flint: weight under controlPICTURE: Mark Cranham
That option remains open for Flint who is delighted to be back riding.
"When I didn't renew my licence my weight went up to 12st 2lb straight away," said Flint who rides Rowlestone Lad for his father at Taunton.
"I was riding out everyday though and eating a healthy three meals a day and my weight soon settled at 11st 7lb.
"Then my brother started taking a shake twice a day with a meal and it's worked for me.
"I won't be doing any really light weights, but am down to 11st and feel great.
"I've done a few of the training courses at Newmarket and it's something to fall back on, but I'm only 21 and am so excited to be back riding.
"I've missed the lads in the weighing room and I feel like I'm 16 again - I'm as hungry as ever."
Rowlestone Lad won a selling hurdle at Leicester by eight lengths last month and Flint added: "He's nothing in hand, but won last time and his confidence will be up. He's fit and well at home."