By Jordan Gerrans
After a stop-start last six years in the saddle, Gold Coast hoop Tegan Harrison is ready for a bit of luck into 2022 and beyond.
The 32-year-old has had three separate injury lay-offs in recent years and is on the verge of another comeback this weekend, starting at the Sunshine Coast on Friday evening before heading to Gatton on Saturday afternoon.
The statistics show just how much race riding the popular hoop has missed of late.
Between the 2012-13 and 2016-17 racing seasons, Harrison took over 750 rides in five straight campaigns – with a high of 875 in 2015-16.
Since the 2016-17 season, the former leading apprentice has only gone past 600 rides in a season once and is yet to get off the mark in 2021-22.
After a number of serious injuries, a broken leg is the latest concern that has made the Group 2-winning hoop miss doing what she loves.
She has not ridden on race day since early March of last year.
“I have had a fair bit of time on the sidelines over the last six years and hopefully I can be done with that now,” Harrison said.
“It is much more fun being out there riding.
“I feel like this weekend is more about me getting out there again and doing my job and if I can get a winner, that would be a bonus.”
Harrison has taken her time with her comeback on this occasion, originally thinking she would be back at the races in September of last year when she returned to track work and trials.
But her surgeon was keen to have the plate removed from her leg that was broken in December, which would require surgery.
She was not due to make her return until January 31, but with a few gallopers she rides in the mornings at Aquis Park going around in suitable races, Harrison is back on light duties, taking two rides across three meetings between Friday and Sunday.