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Durcan nearing return to saddle after three months out

Ted Durcan - hoping to return to the saddle next month
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Ted Durcan is hoping to resume riding out next month after recovering from a broken ankle he sustained in the four-horse melee which left Freddy Tylicki partly paralysed in October.

The former UAE champion jockey at first thought he had escaped serious injury when able to limp back to the weighing room at Kempton that day but a subsequent x-ray indicated otherwise.

Following his fall from Sovrano Dolce, Durcan was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he subsequently had a screw inserted into his ankle to speed recovery.

Now, after plenty of exercise over Christmas, Durcan is close to a return to the saddle and was on Friday helping out as part of the team on the ground at Sir Michael Stoute's yard in Newmarket.

Durcan, who rode 25 winners for Stoute last year including Dannyday in the Northumberland Vase, said: "I'm walking about fine on the ankle now and hopefully I'll be back riding out in about three weeks. It was a horrible accident that day and I was one of the lucky ones.

"I've been down to see Freddy at his rehab centre and he's doing great and in good spirits. Our thoughts are always with him and his family."

As for his prospects of returning to race-riding, Durcan added: "There's never a good time to be injured, but I haven't missed that much while I've been out but we'll see how it goes. I'm enjoying helping out at Sir Michael's at the moment but should be back in the spring."

I'm walking about fine on the ankle now and hopefully I'll be back riding out in about three weeks. It was a horrible accident that day and I was one of the lucky ones
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