Thornton targets September return

Andrew Thornton: Rider of 1000 winners.

Andrew Thornton is hoping to be back in the saddle in September after his latest operation.

The weighing-room veteran injured a knee after riding his 1,000th winner at Wincanton on Boxing Day and needed his anterior cruciate ligament to be reconstructed.

While rehabilitation has not gone entirely to plan, Thornton is optimistic he is on the home straight.

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"I had the operation at 2.30pm (Tuesday) and came back round at 4pm," he said.

"They've taken the screw out and also tidied up some scar tissue around the front of the knee cap.

"I don't expect to be back before mid-September at the earliest still but hopefully it's getting there.

"That's my 13th operation so I'm hoping it proves lucky."

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