Cam Hardie targets riding return

Cam Hardie hopes to be back riding within the next four weeks after deciding to take time out to recover from a knee injury.

Cam Hardie

The 20-year-old sustained damage to his left knee when partnering the Michael Mullineux-trained Pond Note in a maiden at Redcar on October 14, after the four-year-old tried to escape under the stalls.

Although riding on after the incident, Hardie, who plans to be active on the all-weather over the winter, has now reached the point where he needs a spell on the sidelines to help aid his recovery.

He said: "The horse went under the gates and my left leg went with it. It was hurting when I was riding short, as I could not bend my knee as the swelling put pressure when the knee was bent.

"I had an MRI scan and it all depends on my results, but hopefully I will be back ready in four weeks' time as I plan to carry on over the winter.

"I'm going on holiday to Mexico with my girlfriend, then when I come back I will be back in Jack Berry House (Injured Jockeys Fund rehabilitation centre).

"I've been at Jack Berry House for the last week and a half trying to get it fixed. They have been good, I've been doing a lot of upper body work to keep in shape and keep my weight balanced."

Despite still being some way off matching his 2015 total of 39 winners, Hardie, who moved back north after parting company with Richard Hannon earlier in the year, is happy with how things have gone since making the switch.

He added: "It has been a tough year, but it has gone a lot better than I thought. I won the Lanark Silver Bell at Hamilton which was good.

"To be honest I thought it would take a year to try get my contacts spread, but I've had a lot of good support and Richard Hale (agent) has done a fantastic job."

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