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Jockey Michael Walker hasn’t been in action in 2022 but the Victorian hoop is nearing a return to action as he was back in the saddle on Monday morning riding and completing trackwork at Cranbourne Racecourse

Michael Walker closer to return after trackwork

Walker has not ridden competitively since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a fall on the Pakenham Synthetic track back in May 2021.

The New Zealand born rider who currently resides and races in Victoria was able to remain around the sport during his injury after working as a pundit during the Spring Carnival as well as covering the racecard at Caulfield the weekend just passed.

Michael Walker took further steps on his road to recovery during the Cranbourne trials on Monday where he rode four horses for the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr stable who had a healthy contingent at the trials.

Despite being in the latter stages of his recovery, Walker doesn’t expect to be back in the saddle anytime soon with a planned return date to competitive racing likely to be closer to the end of April / start of May.

Also on the road to recovery is fellow Kiwi horseman Daniel Stackhouse who was released from Hospital following a bad fall at Kilmore the previous week.

Stackhouse suffered a bad fall at the rural Victorian track last Thursday which saw him leave the track with a dislocated hip, multiple rib fractures and bleeding from the Liver after he fell from his mount Armansky.

Where Walker looks to return to the track in the coming months, Stackhouse will be looking at a longer period out of the saddle with his injuries expected to keep him away from the racecourse for three to six months.

Stewards are continuing to review the nature of Stackhouse’s fall with a date to be fixed where findings will be presented. 

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