Henry Brooke hoping for swift return

Henry Brooke aims to be back in the saddle in four to five weeks' time after he was released from hospital following a horror fall at Hexham nine days ago.

Henry Brooke: Hopes to be back in 4-5 weeks

The jump jockey was allowed home on Sunday and will rest for a week before stepping up his recuperation with regular visits to Jack Berry House in Malton.

Brooke has made remarkable progress in such a short space of time after he was placed in an induced coma following his fall from the Brian Ellison-trained Old Storm at the second fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase.

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 taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

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

"I'm a lot better now. I've been to Jack Berry House this morning. They are pleased with my progress," he said.

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"There's not much more the hospital can do now and I'm so grateful for everybody's help. It was such a massive job.

"I'm hoping to be back racing in four to five weeks. It might be a tough shout, but I think it's doable as long as I do everything I'm meant to do.

"I've got to drink three litres of water a day. That's a lot but it's little things like that I have to do. I wouldn't drink a litre a day normally.

"I have to eat little and often and try to get my appetite back even though I'm not hungry.

"I got on the scales on Monday morning and I weighed 9st 2lb. I've lost a whole stone in weight. That's a lot of weight.

"I'll have this week at home now before I go back to Jack Berry House for more treatment next week. I need to have some rest first and my ribs are quite sore.

"I'm still coughing up blood but I've been told that will happen for the next three weeks.

"I didn't break my collarbone. It's more muscular and I've just chipped something.

"I've got a lot of nice horses to ride this year and a lot of good trainers to ride for. I want to come back when I know I can do them justice."

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