Jockey Corey Brown has declared himself fit to return to race riding at Rosehill on Saturday after recovering from minor shoulder surgery.
Brown gave himself a solid test at today’s Warwick Farm barrier trial with four rides for trainer Joe Pride and said he pulled up in great shape.
“My shoulder is giving me no trouble at all and it is one hundred per cent compared to what it was,” Brown said.
Brown decided to get a plate removed from his left shoulder over the Christmas period and a careless riding suspension over the New Year gave him two weeks to recover.
“Before the operation I was taking a few or more painkillers a day and they still weren’t working,” Brown said.
“But from the moment I left the hospital I haven’t had a painkiller.
“It was a different type of pain. You could tell something was annoying it … the plate had moved and something was going on.
“Once the pressure was relieved you could just tell. It was gold.”
“I had only planned on giving it one-and-a-half weeks before I got suspended so it’s been a solid two weeks now.”.
“Obviously the longer I had off the better I was going to get.”
Brown has been booked for four rides for the strong Chris Waller stable while his $250,000 2013 Inglis Classic mount isn’t confirmed as the Craig Carmody first starter Everage is not certain of making the fourteen horse field.
Brown will be back on Waller’s import Secessio in the Benchmark 83 Handicap (2000m) after partnering the four year old to a first up third over 1900m at Canterbury on December 29.
The Group 1 winning jockey will also be on board the Waller trained Riva De Lago in the Benchmark 95 Handicap (1400m), Disciple in the Benchmark 79 Handicap (1500m) and Lock Leven in the Inglis Bonus 3yo Benchmark 74 Handicap (1500m).