Dowling comes back with a winner
Tommy Dowling could not hide his relief as he returned from a near five-month absence with a winner on Baltic Storm at Plumpton.
Plumpton: Scene of Dowling's comeback.
The 24-year-old conditional rider, based with Charlie Mann in Lambourn, was looking forward to a succesful new jumps season when suffering an horrific fall at Fontwell on April 29 which left him with broken ribs, collar-bone and a fractured shoulder and back injuries that have required the insertion of two metal plates.
But having persuaded Mann that he had recovered sufficiently in time to ride Baltic Storm, his favourite horse in the yard, things could not have gone more to plan in the race – especially when main rival Bleu Et Noir came out, leaving him with a much easier task as 1/3 favourite.
Sweeping to the front three out, Baltic Storm was eased home to beat Tell The Tale by a cosy 12 lengths.
"I'm just so relieved – I've been going out of my mind for the last couple of months sitting on the sidelines," Dowling told At The Races.
"I'm delighted for the guv'nor that his horses are winning, but there is nothing as hard as watching horses that are winning when you should be riding. It's been killing me!
"When I winged the last and we'd definitely got over I was just, like, 'Brilliant'. It's just a weight off your shoulders!"