JOCKEY S’manga Khumalo is planning on a return to competitive race riding on 7 April – Classic Day at Turffontein. He has been riding work for the last two weeks.
Khumalo took a nasty fall in 2011 and broke his tibia so a pin had to be inserted in his knee. He was scheduled to have it removed a year later,but rode with it for a few more years while chasing the jockeys’ championship title.
As a result, the knee began to cause him severe back pain – forcing Khumalo to seek professional help in December 2017. He finally had the pin removed and is now in perfect shape.
“I can safely say I am no longer in pain. Not at all,” he said confidently. “I’ve been riding work for about two weeks now and I feel perfectly fine, no issues. I’m fit and have had a great dietitian so I feel more than ready now,” he continued.
He was also quick to show appreciation for his boss, trainer Sean Tarry.
“Mr Tarry has been a massive support system. He has been helpful. He encourages me on a regular basis,” he said. “I am both physically and mentally stronger than ever before. I feel better than I’ve felt in a very long time to be honest. I can’t wait to return to competitive riding again.”
“The plan is for me to come back on 7 April, but I will take it nice and slow. I will ride horses I’m comfortable with.”