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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Sheehan eyeing Cheltenham trials day for comeback

Gavin Sheehan: sustained wrist injury at Newbury last month
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Gavin Sheehan, who suffered a fractured wrist at Newbury on December 31, hopes to get the all-clear to return to race-riding next week.

Sheehan, who is attached to Warren Greatrex's Lambourn stable, is targeting Cheltenham's trials day a week on Saturday for his comeback.

The 24-year-old was speaking from Melbourne, where he was visiting his brother Adam, and thanked staff at Oaksey House for the support he had received during his sidelined spell.

He said: "I went to see a specialist for an x-ray and he said it broke in a good place and it's not displaced, so it means I won't be out for too long.

"I'd say I'd be back for Cheltenham next week, although I'll give it all the time I need because if I get another break you could be looking at an operation and that would put me out of the Cheltenham Festival.

"Cheltenham will be four weeks from the day I did it and the way it feels at the moment I reckon I'll be back in another ten days. I'm in the sun now so hopefully that will help as well."

"I'll be back on Thursday and have the weekend to get over the flight and I'll see the specialist on Tuesday for another x-ray. I'll know more from there and then can get back into Oaksey House and see how much work we can do with it."

Sheehan, whose career highlight came on the Greatrex-trained Cole Harden in the 2015 World Hurdle, added: "I'm looking forward to getting back on them all. There are a lot of horses at Warren's I'm looking forward to riding.

"We've kind of gone through the dry spell and I know there are a few there that have more ability than they've shown."

I'll be back on Thursday and have the weekend to get over the flight and I'll see the specialist on Tuesday for another x-ray

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