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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Kieran Shoemark back riding out and looking forward to imminent return

Kieran Shoemark returns in triumph after landing the King George V Handicap on Atty Persse at Royal Ascot last year
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Kieran Shoemark rode out on Tuesday morning for the first time since the horrific fall at Lingfield at the end of June which had medical staff on the course seriously worried about his condition.

Shoemark was arguably lucky to escape with six broken ribs and a punctured lung after his mount Cutthechat had a fatal fall in a 5f juvenile novice, bringing down Estupendo, who was also fatally injured. He had no recollection of the incident afterwards, but was told he stopped breathing for a worrying amount of time.

He expected to be out of action for at least two months, and that prediction looks about right, for having ridden out for the first time since for his boss Roger Charlton he hopes to return to action next week – just too late unfortunately for the stable's Ebor hope Blakeney Point, on whom he has won four times.

Kieran Shoemark and Blakeney Point winning at Leicester

Shoemark said: "I rode out for the first time today and it felt brilliant. I didn't have any aches or pains, so it's all good.

"I'm likely to be back racing towards the end of next week but there are no plans really. Roger Charlton has quite a few out this weekend so I'll miss them, but the main thing will be to get back racing and back into the routine."

Shoemark has ridden 45 of his 141 winners for Charlton, among them last year's Royal Ascot winner Atty Persse. At the time of his accident he was forging increasingly fruitful links with the likes of Sir Michael Stoute and Simon Crisford.

Charlton is delighted that Shoemark is returning soon and said: "Kieran rode a couple of lots this morning before going on to Oaksey House for more treatment. It was good to see him back in the saddle again after such a nasty accident.

"He looked great and said he felt fine, so it should be just a matter of getting back to full fitness before he's back on the racecourse."

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I rode out for the first time and it felt brilliant. I didn't have any aches or pains, so it's all good
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