Brendan's diary: Choc inspiration
Brendan Powell reflects on Choc Thornton's return to the saddle as he continues his own comeback trail.
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The rehab and gym workload is stepping up each day and there has been a lot of improvement since my last diary piece.
I'm working on the rowing machine doing 4,000 metres with 2,000 of those as fast, and 2,000 as hard as I can go - a lot like interval training.
As you know Robert 'Choc' Thornton has been out for the last six months with and injury like mine, but worse as it was the second time he broke his humerus.
He has been working very hard in Oaksey House (in Lambourn), as well as at home, and makes our work look like a warm up!
Anyway, he was back in the saddle riding out for the last few weeks and was making his racecourse debut since the break at Stratford on Tuesday, and he was back with a bang!
It was the best comeback ride he could have wanted as Letsby Avenue landed the handicap hurdle. It's safe to say Choc has never lost it and looked like he hadn't missed a day's racing. He had a great reception when he came back into the weighing room from the lads.
As I have been making good progress over the last few weeks I thought I deserved a little trip away somewhere and when Aidan Coleman sent me a text asking if I fancied going to Paris for a couple days it seemed like a great opportunity. We fly out on Wednesday and should be a good craic along with Michael Byrne and Alan Johns.
I don't know any French but I've heard that they speak a bit of English over there so we should be grand.
I'm very much looking forward to the next week as I will hopefully be finding out when I can be back on the racecourse, which is hopefully not long away. And I look forward to speaking with you next week!
All the best,
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