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Talented Jockey On The Cusp Of Return
Gr1 winning New Zealand jockey Danielle Johnson is eagerly awaiting her return to race riding next season, and has been medically cleared to ride in trials, as reported by the NZ Racing Desk. The talented young jockey has endured a five-month enforced layoff as a result of badly fracturing her collar bone in a nasty fall at Ruakaka in November. "I still have a plate and six screws in my collar bone and they're coming out on July 23rd." Johnson said. "I couldn't move my collar bone at all for a long time and it's still a bit weak so it's going to take a while to get my full strength back." Despite appreciating a rare summer off, it was through gritted teeth that Johnson watched the premier New Zealand racing events over the Christmas and New Year carnival, "[The carnival] is what we strive for as jockeys and watching the horses that I would usually ride win was tough." The 28 year old has four Gr1 victories to her name, including being the first female jockey to win the Gr1 Karaka Million (1200m), and the industry collectively will be anticipating her return to the saddle.