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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Fergus Gregory returns to action after three months out with head injury

Fergus Gregory: returns from almost three months on the sidelines on Saturday evening
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Conditional jockey Fergus Gregory makes a much-anticipated return to race-riding at Market Rasen on Saturday evening following almost three months on the sidelines.

Gregory was knocked unconscious for around five minutes and suffered bruising on the brain after a heavy fall from the fatally injured The Blue Bomber at Huntingdon in May.

Gregory also suffered a bad concussion from a fall at Towcester in November but he nonetheless notched 18 winners last season and hopes to build on the promising start to his career.

Gregory, who rides Undefined Beauty (8.00) for boss Olly Murphy, said on Friday: “I’m very excited to get back on the track and just delighted to be returning.

"I had a month where I couldn’t do a lot and it was very steady – I went back home to Norfolk for that period to recover – and then I spent eight weeks going back and forth to Oaksey House.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the facilities and people at Oaksey House. They make a negative into a positive."

He added: “I’d just got on a roll before the injury and Olly’s horses were going so well – it felt like it was all falling into place – but then it was back down to earth. That’s just what happens in this sport though.

“I think I’ve been a good patient and honestly feel I’ve come back a better person for it.”

Undefined Beauty finished fourth at Cartmel on her return from a break last month and Gregory expects the mare to run well.

Gregory, 19, said: “She’d definitely have an each-way chance. The handicapper has probably got a hold of her at the moment but she’s very consistent and should hopefully run well.”

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