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Jason Waddell and Shadow Cast.

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Cambridge jockey Jason Waddell has been forced to delay his return to raceday riding.

Waddell underwent surgery on his right leg on May 27 and had planned to resume at the start of this season, but a setback has left him unsure of the exact date of his return.

“The operation went well and I rode at the trials (Te Rapa on July 29), but I got a small infection in the leg,” he said.

“I got a bit over-eager and probably tried to come back a touch too soon.

“I won’t take a ride until I’m 100 percent sure that once I start I won’t have to stop again, whether that be in three or six weeks.”

Waddell hasn’t ridden since March 2 and wound up with a tally of 53 wins, including four Group or Listed victories, during the past season. His most important win came on Shadows Cast in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham.


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