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Classic Return For Bling

Riding work for two weeks

Jockey S’manga Khumalo has been riding work for the past two weeks and the former champion jockey is planning a triumphant return to competitive race riding on 7 April – Classic Day.

S’manga Khumalo – popular

He 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.

Khumalo also gives a lot of props to his doctors and therapists, confirming he couldn’t have done it without them. He was also quick to show appreciation for his boss, trainer Sean Tarry.

S'manga Khumalo

S’manga Khumalo – Classic Day comeback planned

“Mr Tarry has been a massive support system. He has been helpful. He advices and encourages me on a regular basis,” he said.

The jockey assures that he is both physically and mentally stronger than ever before, stating “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. Mr Tarry is very supportive, but I will ride horses I’m comfortable with. I’m ready though – I feel ready now,” he continued.

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6 comments on “Classic Return For Bling

  1. Philip Goldberg says:

    No rush

    1. Steve akunor says:

      Looking forward seeing you in April and wish you the best, you are truly a professional,we love your riding in England

  2. Brian says:

    Welcome back. It will be good to see you in action again

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    Welcome back. The Tarry stable has been battling since Champ has been away.

  4. oscar says:

    Welcome back Mtungwa we mis u

  5. sagie says:

    good day Mr Khumalo
    it is good to know thay you on the road to a full recovery.
    welcome back and every success in the future

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