Jake - I've been home for a week

Jun 10, 2011

It has been a week since my departure from the Epworth rehabilitation centre and my return home.

It's been a pretty quiet week but I'm so glad to be home with my family and friends. I remember the Friday I got home. The first thing I did was re-arrange my room ordered by the strict head boss in Dad. As soon as that was done I headed outside to see all the staff and horses I hadn't seen for so long.

It was great to see everyone especially because I hadn't seen alot of these people since I left four months ago for my loan apprenticeship period with Peter Moody.

Along with seeing everyone I strolled around the stables and yards to look over the horses. There were some familiar and new faces in this aspect. It was good to see some of my stable favorites for the first time in months. That day dad had flown up to Brisbane to watch Verenna Miss's run the next day.

The next morning Jack and I got up to watch track work.  It was great to be back in the environment with the all the people and horses. I met up with all the local Mornington trainers as we watched over the horses work. It was great to be back. I never knew I would miss track work so much.

The rest of the week was pretty quiet. Dad had a great week with Verenna Miss winning the QTC cup. That was great to see that mare really progress in to a talented black type and group winning mare. Not much happened during the days. On the Monday I went to Seymour races with dad and we went and looked at some horses in the paddock. It was again good to see how the horses had come on throughout their time spelling in the paddock. On the Wednesday I returned to the city races for the first time since the fall. It was great to see my close mates in the jockeys room and watch my best mate Jarrod Fry punch home a winner for the stable. The whole atmosphere of it all made me really miss being there and riding. But I know its all positive signs from here and just a matter of time. So I decided that I'm going to make the most of the spare time - I've booked a holiday to Thailand with my brother and family friends and a holiday in England. I'm looking forward to it.

It's fantastic to be back with the people, horses and environment I missed most and what I will enjoy until I fly out. I would like to thank everyone within and outside the racing industry for the support and cards throughout my time in hospital.