Champion jockey Darren Beadman is to return to Sydney to continue his rehabilitation from a severe head injury suffered in a fall at Sha Tin earlier this year.
Hong Kong doctors have informed Beadman his recovery could take up to a year or even two but the 46-year-old jockey is hopeful he will be able to ride yet again.
Beadman fell when a horse collapsed underneath him in a barrier trial in February and he has been left with issues relating to brain function such as balance and speech.
“I am no better and no worse than I was when they did the final MRI, which is the report,” Beadman informed the South China Morning Publish.
“I’ll move back to Sydney and carry on my rehabilitation there and keep operating towards riding once again.
“It’s evident now this is going to be a quite prolonged approach, possibly even a year or two, they explained.”
A seven-time Sydney premiership winner, Beadman has been stable jockey for John Moore in Hong Kong for the past five seasons helping the trainer to his 1st premiership in almost 20 many years.
Beadman’s Australian achievements consist of Melbourne Cup wins for trainer Bart Cummings on Kingston Rule (1990) and Saintly (1996) and Golden Slipper victories aboard Inspired (1984) and Guineas in 1997.
He also won the Cox Plate on Saintly in 1996 with the Caulfield Cup the only a single of the huge four races to so far elude him.