Toomey wants racing return

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Jockey Brian Toomey is keen to return to racing after recovering from serious head injuries sustained during a fall at Perth in 2013.

The 25-year-old was injured whilst riding the Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Dandy during the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in July 2013.

Following an extensive recovery period, Toomey has resumed riding for a number of trainers in a non-racing environment and has been told by two neurosurgeons that there is no reason why he cannot return to competitive racing.

He said: “They (the neurosurgeons) have said that they cannot stand in the way. I want to come back, but I know I am going to have to prove myself more than I have ever done.”

The Irishman has also revealed that he has submitted his application to the British Horseracing Authority to return to racing, but knows he will have to pass some stringent medical examinations.

He added: “I do love to prove people wrong. If I put my mind to something, I don’t give up. I think that’s one reason why I am even in this position. People go through tough times in all walks of life, it’s the same with horse racing.”

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