Kielan Woods ready to return to saddle after Boxing Day injury
Kielan Woods, who was injured when unseated at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, hopes to be back in the saddle within the next few days.
Woods had been doing well since returning from a far more serious injury at Huntingdon in the spring, but the latest setback is a mere hiccup in comparison to the injuries he suffered in a hurdle race that day.
He recalled: "I took what looked a fairly simple fall in a hurdle race at Huntingdon in April but broke my hip and pelvis and was off for seven months. I'd had a good run since I came back, with more than 100 rides, and I was getting on nice horses for the likes of Alex Hales, Graeme McPherson, Ben Case and Pam Sly, and then I had another injury at Market Rasen.
"I was unseated from Running Wolf and landed awkwardly, then one behind galloped over my foot. I bruised the foot quite badly and couldn't get a boot on for a couple of days.
"I hoped to ride Ami Desbois, who I've won on five times, for Graeme in the Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, but I wasn't quite ready. Hopefully I'll be back now at Sandown on Saturday or else Hereford on Monday."
Godolphin on the hunt for new assistant trainer for Flemington base
Godolphin are seeking a new assistant trainer to run their Flemington base in Australia after David Charles switched to an administration role with the stable.
Charles had managed Carbine Lodge for Godolphin since 2014 and will remain a senior member of staff for the racing operation.
A Godolphin press release on Thursday read: "Charles informed Godolphin of his longer-term intentions to return to an administrative role at the end of 2017.
“The decision is being made public today to commence the recruitment process for a new assistant trainer.”
The funeral of Attivo's groom Derek Wilmot will be held at Randalls Crematorium, Leatherhead, at 1.15pm on Monday, January 8.
Wilmot died last month, aged 70, following a short illness. His contribution to racing in Epsom had been recognised with a Lifetime in Racing Award only a month earlier.
Wilmot, a groom for more than half a century, looked after Sir Peter O'Sullevan's dual-purpose star Attivo during a 44-year association with Cyril and then Philip Mitchell. He had worked for Pat Phelan since 2006 and stopped riding out only last year.