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Toomey makes quiet return

It is some achievement to be back riding for jockey Brian Toomey who did just that at Southwell today after a life threatening fall at Perth two years ago left him fighting for his future let alone considering his career.


Having been granted a licence to return to his day job just last month the 26 year old has done what was considered impossible when he sat up on Kings Grey this afternoon in the 4.20pm Selling Hurdle this afternoon.


Well fancied in the market and sent off a 1/3f to give Toomey a fairytale return the 11 year old traveled well at the front end for the first circuit but then was passed and Toomey quickly accepted the situation pulling up his mount a fair way out.


“I felt relaxed enough, but the horse just didn’t feel 100 per cent. It would have been a fairytale to have won, and he looked a good thing on paper, but he just didn’t feel right and I couldn’t ask him to carry on.”


“I’ve been through the pain barrier and I didn’t want him to have to do it. His form over hurdles isn’t great and he is a much better chaser. I wanted to get today out of the way and get my career back on track.”


“I have a point to prove now, I’ve worked very hard to get here and I wouldn’t have got back if it didn’t mean the world to me. My family have been through hell, they remember when it first happened, but I don’t. I’m just glad to get this out of the way. Hopefully I can now get my career back and get a bit of support, hopefully trainers can see I’m really determined.”


Determination surely is without question on what has been an incredible journey for the young jockey and no doubt the support from within the training ranks will follow for Toomey who has ridden 49 winners over jumps since 2008.


Picture of Brian Toomey – first appeared in Limerick Leader – click here

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