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NZ Star Michael Walker Returns A Winner
On the same card at Matamata yesterday, former leading NZ jockey Michael Walker returned to race riding for the 1st time since suffering serious head injuries in a fall over a bluff while pig hunting in remote King Country bush in May. At the time he was NZ's leading jockey for the 2007-08 season with 173 winners (a lead he maintained to the end of the season, when he received the award as NZ Jockey-Of-The-Year at the Mercedes Awards in August. Yesterday he notched a winner on his 2nd return-ride when 3YO filly Santangelo (Lonhro-Lucky Be Lucky, by Storm Cat) led all-the-way to score over 1200m.