Wayne Hutchinson to resume riding out next week
Stable jockey Wayne Hutchinson, who enjoyed his best season last winter, expects to resume race-riding at Barbury next week, having been off games for seven weeks after breaking his left hand in a fall while schooling at home.
Wayne was at the yard yesterday morning, keeping up to speed with the well-being of the horses, and, with batteries recharged after a week away with the family, he cannot wait to get started again.
He said:”The injury was more complex than we imagined, and I have had to be patient along the comeback road, but physio has helped a lot.
“I’ve been working hard on the fitness and fingers crossed I hope to be able to ride out again next week and, hopefully, Alan might have something for me to start back on the track at the end of the month.”
Wayne had a second reason for being at Barbury yesterday as Alan invited the jockey’s 17-year-old son Callum to ride work.
Clearly chuffed to bits at how well Callum has taken to it, Wayne said:”We never pressurised him to follow in my footsteps and he didn’t do pony-racing or anything like that, so it all came as a pleasant surprise when he said he wanted to have a crack at riding a racehorse.
“He had a year’s work experience with Brendan Powell, and then when Brendan packed up to join Joseph O’Brien in Ireland we found a slot for Callum with Andrew Balding, and, hopefully, he might get a ride or two for the stable on the all-weather next winter. He is very fortunate in that John Reid has agreed to be his jockey coach.”
Callum, who can ride around 7st 12lb-8st, certainly looked the part as he breezed up Alan’s carpet gallop, and as Wayne conceded he could not be in a better place to make the grade than with the Baldings at Kingsclere.