Josh Parr Wins First Race in Gosford Return
Josh Parr is back in the saddle after missing the better part of eight months due to severe pain from a hip malady forced him into surgery to relieve the issue. Given a jockey’s riding position, having a hip where the socket is not properly mobile would seem excruciating.
Surgery took place in March and Parr has been undergoing the rehabilitation process ever since that led up to his riding again for the first time Thursday at Gosford.
His recovery seems to have permitted a return in fine form, since he won riding Alaskan Wolf in the 1000 m TAB Benchmark 65 Handicap.
After the race, he described the wait leading up to the race as one where he had a hard time waiting for the jump.
The race was not the first time he had ridden since the operation, but he had been limited to trackwork, something that for a jockey can never replace actual racing.
Alaskan Wolf had a nice, inside draw, and the field was just five. Parr and Alaskan Wolf settled behind the others initially, and then ran through them at the end to post a 1 – ½ length win.
Winning in his first race back, even though not a top-quality race, certainly must have felt good to Parr, given that the injury could have been career ending.