LEADING apprentice Mpume Mjoka, injured in a crashing fall at Randjesfontein last August, is recovering from a fourth operation to his left knee, performed in Durban last Thursday.
Mjoka suffered a badly dislocated knee and was admitted for emergency surgery shortly after his fall. The initial procedure, which included a vascular bypass as well as repair to damaged nerves, took four hours and he’s recovered well since.
Mjoka told Turf Talk: “This was the last operation in a series to re-attached my ligaments. I’d been riding the mechanical horse at the Jockeys Academy Summerveld to strengthen up and stay fit, the leg is fine and getting stronger, though I’m perhaps another several months away from race riding.”
Mjoka has been working with physiotherapist Tarryn Sneyd, doing biokinetics and he said: “I’ve had to keep my mind strong and my weight down, I will never give up. I weigh in at 45kgs and by the time I ride again I will almost be out of my time. I can’t wait to be back, I watch races every day.”
Mjoka finished second to Lyle Lewiston on the National Apprentice’s Table in 2016/17, riding 32 winners and with the likes of Diego De Gouveia, Callan Murray and Dennis Schwarz behind him. He won the feature race at the prestigious Longines Future Stars meeting at Chantilly in June 2017 representing South Africa and steering Beaupreau to a 1.25-length length victory.