country jockey Brett Scott will be making hus return to the saddle in Rosemount Bob Barr
Smith Hurdle at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Saturday.
Scott has been out of the saddle since he was seriously injured in a fall at
Warrnambool on January 20. In the fall he broke vertebrae and was forced to the sidelines
for a touch more than three months.
Close Quarters, who was placed at his most recent jumps start
at Caulfield, will be the top hoop's comeback ride in the two mile jumps event at the
On radio this morning Scott said he was pleased to be back in
the saddle and he was looking forward to next week's Warrnambool Carnival.
"With there being a fair few jumps races at Warrnambool
it seemed logical to return on Saturday at the Valley and get back into the swings of
things," he told Sport 927.
Scott, who is the stable foreman at Mornington for champion
New Zealand trainer John Wheeler, was disappointed to miss the recent Oakbank Easter
Jumping Carnival in South Australia.
Meanwhile, Scott reported that the Japan jumps conqueror St
Steven had returned to Melbourne.
"He arrived back last Sunday and he will spend two weeks
in quarantine," Scott adeed.
The winner of the Nakayama Grand Jump will be nominated for
the feature chasing events including the Grand National Steeple and AV Hiskens
And in other news from the stable Scott confirmed that the
dashing jumper Maybe Rough has been retired.
"He broke down when he ran fourth in the Von Doussa at
Oakbank," Scott said.
"Thankfully the owner has had him operated on to save
him and he'll be retired alongside the great Rough Habit."