Fentiman back in the saddle again after serious injury
MARKET Rasen jockey Duran Fentiman has recovered from the injury he sustained last season and is already back in the winners' enclosure.
The 2013 season is not due to begin on the turf until March, so Fentiman has been on the all-weather track at Wolverhampton since the start of January.
And he has already had a winner. Picking up from where he left off in the autumn, he rode 3-1 joint favourite Hazard Warning for Tim Easterby.
The former De Aston student is based at the Malton stables of top trainer Easterby.
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The six-furlong handicap saw eleven runners go to post, but Fentiman only got his mount up by a head.
Fentiman also had a placing at the same track on the same card when Cheers for Thea, a 25-1 shot, also trained by Easterby, finished third in a tight six-horse race.
Last year was Fentiman's best ever season when he rode 30 winners in all, with 27 of those coming on turf and three on all-weather tracks.
He had his share of £18,000 in prize money for his efforts so far on the all-weather this year but that is overshadowed by his huge success on turf in 2012, where he had his share of a pot of £329,000.
Fentiman's two big race wins came on sprinter Body and Soul when she took listed races in 2012.
He claimed Weatherby's Super Sprint at Newberry in July worth £122,925 and followed that up on the same horse to claim the Two-Year-Old Trophy (Listed Race) in October at Redcar worth £125,386.
Throughout 2012, he gained the reputation of being one of the leading lightweight jockeys. His period on the sidelines came after breaking his collarbone in a fall at Catterick in October when his mount Shotley Mac stumbled leaving the stalls in a seven furlong handicap.
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