Ricky Blewitt has put a nasty fall at Tomingley Picnic Races on April 27 behind him, returning to the track in extraordinary fashion.
The long-time champion picnic hoop was put out for five months after sustaining some very serious injuries in a three-hoarse fall that included fellow jockeys Michael Wade and Michael Gray.
Blewitt has since returned in stylish fashion, winning five of his first 14 rides back, including a hat-trick at Lockhart Picnic Races last Friday.
Although now leading the NSWPRA jockeys premiership, It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Blewitt, with the popular jockey at one stage considering his career in the saddle.
“It wasn’t easy getting back,” he said.
“I honestly thought i was done riding at one stage and it did cross my mind to retire.”
Blewitt, who is the track curator at Narromine Races and also works with his partner Kylie Kennedy, had to put these fears behind him before returning to barrier trials and picnic racing.
“I love riding,” he said.
“I work around horses all week and getting the chance to ride on the weekend is just great but it took time to get back.”
Many racing fans are pleased to see the smiling assassin back in the saddle, assuring some quality riding on the picnic scene.
For those interested racing fans, Blewitt will be back in action tomorrow at Burrangong Picnic Race Club Young, with the talented hoop due to ride a full book and the favourite for the Young Picnic Cup.
The four-time NSW Approved Rider premiership winning jockey will be on picnic favourite Southern Gamble in Young’s feature race.
The eight-year-old was a second at Lockhart with Blewitt on board and looks to run into an easier race tomorrow.
Connections will be hoping Blewitt can go one better this weekend and add another cup win to his ever-growing repertoire.