Sep 25, 2012
Courtesy of The Mercury 25/09/12 - Damien Seaton - LEADING Tasmanian jockey Brendon McCoull will make his much-anticipated return to the saddle at Elwick on Sunday after spending 10 weeks on the sidelines through injury.
The 12-time Tasmanian premiership-winning jockey broke his left collarbone on July 8 at Elwick and has been forced to rest and play the patience game.
McCoull spent more than a month recuperating before starting rehab and getting his weight in check.
He has spent the past three weeks doing track work and rode in a barrier trial at Elwick on Tuesday morning.
"The collarbone is good. The battle has been my weight -- it's always hard work for me," McCoull said.
"I had a bit of soreness for the first week after I broke it, but I gave it time to heal and now it's fine.
"After a few mornings at the track and riding at the trials this week, it felt like I hadn't been away from the sport at all.
"I only had the one trial ride but I pulled up really well."
McCoull missed the majority of last season's Tasmanian Summer Carnival with a fracture to his right collarbone, however he's keen to make an impact on this season's summer riches.
"I can see the light at the end of the tunnel this year because I have the carnival in front of me," he said.
"Last carnival I broke my collarbone just as the big races were starting and that was very disappointing."
McCoull has proven popular with punters in recent years as he has one of the best strike rates in the nation and it won't take him long to return to the winners' circle.
The popular hoop has missed the opening weeks of the new season, giving fellow jockeys Anthony Darmanin, Kelvin Sanderson and Steve Maskiell a decent headstart.
McCoull has six excellent rides for Team Brunton at Elwick on Sunday and is likely to start as favourite in the Tattsbet jockey challenge, along with apprentice Bulent Muhcu.