Colliver determined to rebuild career

Joe Colliver is hoping to rebuild his career in the saddle after being released from prison.

Jockey Joe Colliver riding Medicine Hat

Colliver was jailed for 10 months at Teesside Crown Court in August for lying about the circumstances of a car crash in the early hours of Boxing Day last year and paying a friend to take the blame.

He lost his licence as a result but is in the process of getting his life back on track and had already started working back at Micky Hammond's Middleham yard.

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In a statement Colliver said: "I made a dreadful mistake on Boxing Day last year in driving my car whilst under the influence of excess alcohol, and crashed it. Fortunately no one else was hurt.

"I was concerned about losing my driving licence as a result of my actions, and the impact it might have on my promising career as a jockey, a role which is my dream in life.

"I took bad advice from friends and made a bad decision to try to suggest someone else had driven the car in an attempt to escape a driving ban.

"I have been very fortunate to be supported by a number of people, most notably my employer Micky Hammond, and am now on curfew release from prison and back working at Micky's yard.

"I look forward to working hard to regain the respect of those within racing so that I can hopefully obtain my licence in due course and begin to rebuild my career."

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