Thornton already planning return to saddle

Just a month after suffering a serious injury, Trudy Thornton is counting down the days until she can climb back into the saddle.

The courageous Cambridge jockey was thrown from Table One in the first event at Ellerslie on March 29 and suffered a dislocated fracture of her hip. She underwent a five-hour operation in Auckland Hospital and within three days of surgery she was back home in Cambridge.

“I’ve got to go back for an x-ray on the eight (of May) and if they give me the all-clear I’ll throw away the crutches and be back on a horse in mid-May,” she said.

“It will take a while to get my fitness level up again and I don’t want to be there (race-riding) if I’m not totally fit again.

“At this stage I’d say I’ll be back raceday by mid-June at the latest.”

Despite the painful injury, Thornton has never considered hanging up her riding boots.

“All I want to do is get back riding. I miss it big-time,” said Thornton. “It’s more than my life, it’s my passion. I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it.”

Thornton says it has been frustrating waiting for the injury to heal.

“But I’m getting a lot of jobs done around home,” she said. “When you’ve got land, you’ve always got something to do. Without it, I’d be totally bored.”

As expected, Thornton has also been keeping a close watch on the racing.

“I’ve become one of those couch jockeys,” she said. “I’ve probably missed about five winning rides while I’ve been off, but you just have to take it and move on.

“I just want to get back out there and ride again.”

With 44 wins to her credit this term, Thornton had been enjoying her best season since 2000-01 when she kicked home 58 winners.