Curatolo back race-riding next Friday

Ryan Curatolo will make a faster comeback than expected at next Friday’s meeting on June 15.

The French jockey, who has been out of the saddle since May 4 when he fractured his right ankle after a fall from Lim’s Rhythm on the way to the barriers, was originally told he would need six weeks to recover.

He was looking at June 15 to get back in the saddle, which meant trackwork first, but on Thursday, he received the good news from his doctor that new X-rays showed he was cleared to resume riding from this Saturday (June 9) - one week earlier.

Curatolo is taking the weekend off before commencing trackwork from Monday and he will then make his racing comeback four days later.

He has already been booked for at least three rides, Lim’s Regard and Sacred Galaxy for Mark Walker, and Arr Flair for Steven Burridge.

“I’m all clear to ride, my foot is fine. I begin trackwork on Monday and will take my first race rides on Friday,” said Curatolo who was third on the premiership at the time of the fall but has now dropped to fifth place on 22 winners, 13 behind leader Vlad Duric.

“It’s great to be back at it.”

Curatolo is among 10 expatriate jockeys who were recently relicensed by the Singapore Turf Club to ride until the end of the year.

Two others, Daniel Moor and Alysha Collett just began their six-month tenure while a 13th jockey from France, Marc Lerner, will join the riding ranks for six months once his work permit is approved.