By Andrew Adermann
After nearly eight months out of the saddle, former leading apprentice Tegan Harrison will return to the track on Friday night at the Sunshine Coast.
In October, the 31-year-old suffered a nasty fall aboard the Stuart Kendrick-trained Nineonone, resulting in fractures to vertebrae, two ribs and her sternum.
Harrison was one of four dislodged jockeys involved in the incident, which also resulted in a re-injured collarbone from two years prior.
Despite the fall, the Gold Coast-based jockey was not once deterred from returning to the saddle in a bid to ride competitively again.
“From the first day of being injured, I was adamant on returning and the thing that frustrated me the most was not being able to get back on a horse right away,” Harrison said.
“The day that I finally was able to do so at home, which was very light work, it made me feel very content about returning.”
It’s been a long road to recovery for Harrison, who has been regularly riding trackwork over the past month, and this Friday night makes a long-awaited return with two rides at Corbould Park.
Her return ride will come atop of the Tony and Maddy Sears-trained two-year-old filly Little Miss Pixie in the third event of the evening, a 2YO maiden over 1200 metres.
She saddles up once more in race 6, a Benchmark 58 over 1200 metres aboard the Trevor Miller-trained Combat Kid.
“Because I’d had a long time off it definitely felt new, it wasn’t like I had to learn to ride again but it was just getting that exciting feeling back that was amazing,” Harrison said.
“I try not to attach to much to it but I’m just excited to be back and excited to be so far along in my recovery that I can continue doing what I love.
“Tomorrow is just about getting back to the sport that I love; a winner would be awesome but it’s just getting back to doing what I do and having a good time – I just want to do my job.”