Souquet close to a return

Nick Souquet

Nick Souquet

LEADING Wodonga jockey Nick Souquet is close to a comeback after suffering a fractured thumb in April.

Souquet last rode at Wangaratta on April 26 and has been sidelined since undergoing surgery at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne in early May.

He resumed riding track work at Wodonga and Albury late last month.

“I’ve got a meeting with the specialist on Friday and I expect to be given the green light to resume race riding,” Souquet said.

“So if everything goes to plan I hope to have two or three rides at Albury next Thursday.

“I have been riding track work for about the last 10 days and getting back into the swing of things.

“My thumb still pulls up a bit sore but it’s just something I have to deal with and put behind me.

“My weight is not too bad and it’s now just a matter of regaining my race fitness.”

Souquet won the Southern District jockeys premiership last season.

Despite missing the final three months of the season, Souquet finished equal third this season with Simon Miller on 25 and behind Brendan Ward (37) and Jake Duffy (29).