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NZ Star Michael Walker Returns A Winner

Friday, 5th December 2008

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.

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