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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

James Davies nearing return after layoff following shoulder problem

James Davies: "It was hurting for weeks after"
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Jockey James Davies, who has not ridden since November 22 after injuring his shoulder at Chepstow, is eyeing a return to action this month.

Davies was hurt when Major Hindrance was brought down in a handicap chase and had hoped to return by Christmas.

However, the 33-year-old, who won the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices' Chase on Original in 2008, is nearing a return.

He said on Sunday morning: "I was hoping I might be able to back for the Christmas period as that's pretty busy, but the specialist in Cardiff, Geoff Graham, said I'd be best to leave it a good few weeks.

"I'm hoping to start riding out soon with a view to be back race-riding in another two weeks.

"I partially dislocated my shoulder and tore the pectoral muscle off the shoulder and also tore the rotator cuff muscle, which holds it all in place – basically everything ripped when it came out of the socket.

"It was pretty sore. I've broken loads of bones and they only hurt for the first day or so and after that you don't really notice them, but this was hurting for weeks after."

Davies, who rides mainly for Major Hindrance's trainer Henry Oliver, added: "It's a slow old process, but the team at Oaksey House have been doing a great job. I'm 15 minutes away from them and there every day working out and doing physio."

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