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Shane Kelly cleared to return for Rohaan Group 1 ride after horrific fall

Shane Kelly rides Rohaan to victory in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot
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Jockey Shane Kelly makes a surprise return to action at Kempton on Wednesday night in time to warm up for the ride on Rohaan in Sunday's Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Kelly has been off the track since being knocked unconscious for "two to three minutes" following a horrific fall at Brighton on July 13.

His mount Finvarra, who was fatally injured, came down and sent Kelly crashing through the running rail. The jockey was taken to hospital but was released later that day having escaped with only minor injuries.

Kelly had been scheduled to return at Newmarket on Friday, but has replaced Charlie Bishop on Gold Arch for Rohaan's trainer David Evans in the 1m4f handicap (8.00) at Kempton.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Kelly said: "I got the all clear from Jerry Hill [BHA chief medical adviser] yesterday following a concussion test and I'm back at Kempton tonight and then will be at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday before going to France on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, the horse was fatally injured in the incident, which wasn't nice for Evan [Williams] and his team. I was knocked out for two to three minutes, but I remember being in the ambulance on the way to hospital. 

"It's been three weeks and it could have been a whole lot worse for me and I thank my lucky stars."

Shane Kelly: jockey was unconscious following a fall at Brighton last month

Kelly, 42, is desperate to continue his amazing partnership with Royal Ascot winner Rohaan, who has soared to an official rating of 116 from 55 since last December.

Although the gelded three-year-old son of Mayson could only manage tenth on his first try at Group 1 level in the July Cup, he should be better suited to the conditions in France.

"He's been a wonder horse and has improved all the way through, and I'm delighted to be back in time to ride him on Sunday," said Kelly. 

"The track won't pose any problem to him and we're hoping for some nice ground – if it was soft that would definitely be in his favour.

"He was in at the deep end in the July Cup and the race developed a little bit away from him late on. A few things didn't go in his favour and it still wasn't a bad run."

Rohaan, who won the Group 2 Sandy Lane at Haydock before winning the Wokingham off the second highest mark in a British Flat handicap (112) for 20 years, featured in the 18 forfeits on Wednesday for the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.

His possible opponents include July Cup winner Starman and Campanelle, who was awarded the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in the stewards' room.


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He's been a wonder horse and I'm delighted to be back in time to ride him on Sunday
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