Joe Bowditch made his first step towards his competitive riding return with his first morning back at Caulfield trackwork on Tuesday morning.

Bowditch was one of four jockeys involved in a fall at Sale on July 31, brought down aboard the Peter Gelagotis-trained Signorelli. The final meeting of Victoria’s 2018/19 season was consequently abandoned.

The 42-year-old was originally cleared of serious injury but further discomfort, which led to a follow-up check within 48 hours of the accident, revealed he had a stable fracture in his neck and a fractured left clavicle.

The injuries ensured Bowditch missed the entire Spring Carnival, but he is eager to return after getting back on the horse on Tuesday.

“My legs were a bit like jelly but everything else felt fine, it’s about building a bit of fitness now,” Bowditch said.

Bowditch rode 44 winners last season, which included the Group 1 success of Viddora in the Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley in September 2018.