Brooke makes Catterick return

Henry Brooke has his first ride since suffering horrific injuries at Hexham last month when he partners Sophie Olivia at Catterick on Wednesday.

Henry Brooke is back in action at Catterick

The jumps jockey has made remarkable progress in such a short space of time after he was placed in an induced coma following his fall from Old Storm at the second fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase on October 8.

The 25-year-old was also kicked by another horse when he hit the ground, with racing delayed for almost two hours while he was treated by on-course medical staff before he could be airlifted to Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

His injuries included eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung and shoulder damage.

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After having been given medical clearance to resume competitive riding, Brooke "cannot wait" to return to the saddle aboard the Martin Todhunter-trained Sophie Olivia, who runs in the concluding bumper.

The jockey said: "It's been a long few weeks, so I'm just absolutely thrilled to get going again.

"I've got the go-ahead to ride, which was the main thing, and now I just want to get out there and start riding again.

"I cannot wait, to be honest."

Brooke's return to action has happily coincided with a chance of winning back-to-back renewals of the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree aboard Highland Lodge.

Jimmy Moffatt's 10-year-old claimed victory over the Grand National fences 12 months ago and will return to Merseyside on Saturday for another go.

Brooke said: "I've sat him and he seems in really good form, so it's just about building up to Aintree at the weekend now."

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