FORMER Durban July winning jockey Greg Cheyne returned from serious injury and a seven-month layoff with a 6-1 winner for trainer Justin Snaith at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Cheyne booted home Fire Master in Race 7, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m after a second on Brett Crawford’s 25-1 shot Captains Companion in the preceding contest over 1600m.

Cheyne said that he was delighted to be back in the irons. He suffered seven fractures and two dislocations when his foot was crushed against the pens riding two-year-old Mount Keith at Kenilworth on 27 December.

The Avontuur-sponsored jockey told Sporting Post that three months in the gym and five weeks of work-riding at Milnerton, Phillipi and at the Kotzens out at Woodhill had him as fit as he could hope to get,

“Thankfully I received world-class medical care due to the excellent insurance available to the jockeys and things have largely gone according to plan. The gym is not my favourite place but I have been working hard for over 3 months and have got stuck into riding as much work as I could over the past five weeks.”