Walker sets return at Pakenham next Thursday night

Walker sets return at Pakenham next Thursday night

Michael Walker has penciled in his return to the saddle, ironically 364 days after his horrific fall at the very same track.

A re-energised Walker, 38, will make his comeback at Pakenham next Thursday night after rupturing his ACL and requiring a full knee reconstruction.

“My original date to come back was late April but I needed a final operation on my left hip to cut a nerve,” the Group 1 winning hoop explained.

“Ever since then I have never felt better, I haven’t felt this good in 20 years.

“I have been riding trackwork every day for the last two months.

“I feel so good I am not in any pain, I am sleeping better and so much more energetic.

“After my operation I felt I could go and run a marathon.

“My knee is good, my hips are good and I am just feeling fantastic.

“I am just ready to go.”

Walker has been riding trackwork and jump outs for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr and has stripped his weight by more than 15-kilograms in recent months.

“I don’t want to squeeze my weight to early because it can rebound if you do that,” Walked said.

“It was well publicised in the spring I got to 74 kilograms but my minimum for next Thursday night will be 58 kilograms.

“I will gradually bring it down although it is harder through winter.

“The winter people like to take a claim so it might be a bit harder on those top weights and with so many good riders around.

“I am just hoping people haven’t forgotten me and they might want to throw me a bone.”

Walker will also ride the Cindy Alderson-trained Jigsaw at Cranbourne next Friday night.

Walker will return under the management of Liam Prior who also looks after Nash Rawiller and Brett Prebble.

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