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Derek O'Connor poised for Galway return

Updated: Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 11:43 | Comments

Derek O'Connor remains one of the most sought-after riders in the weighing room
Derek O'Connor remains one of the most sought-after riders in the weighing room

Derek O'Connor is looking forward to competing at next week's Galway Festival after returning from an injury lay-off at Limerick on Thursday evening.

The leading amateur rider has been sidelined since fracturing his left leg in a heavy fall at Dawstown point-to-point on 6 May, a similar injury to the one which ruled him out of the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

He made his return aboard Buckskin Boulta, who finished seventh in Thursday's Limerick bumper, and he is likely to be in demand at Ballybrit next week.

O'Connor is particularly looking forward to partnering the Jim Culloty-trained Cry For The Moon, who aims to go one better than 12 months ago in Monday's Connacht Hotel Handicap.

"I made my comeback at Limerick and wanted to see how my fitness was before Galway. I'm in good shape and was delighted," the jockey.

"I ride Cry For The Moon in the amateur race on Monday for Jim Culloty, who was second in the race last year.

"Jim has been very happy with his preparation and hopefully he'll run a good race again this year."

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