Prepare dinner on the sting


Danny Cook will be out of action for at least a few more weeks after his bad fall at Market Rasen earlier this month.

Cook was driving the Prelude Handicap Chase on Ravenhill Road when he came down two fences from the target and was kicked in the face by a horse behind.

The jockey announced last week that he had about 60 stitches on his face and "a horseshoe print from my cheekbones over my eye and the side of my nose".

And while Cook himself feels like he is on the way to recovery, the doctors haven't given him permission to return to work – meaning he'll be taking the ride on Definitly Red at Charlie Hall Chase in Wetherby on Saturday will miss.

On Tuesday morning he said, "I had the stitches out and some x-rays last week and no surgery is required.

"However, I was back in the hospital last night and unfortunately it's not good news – doctors believe it will take more time.

"I'm on the mend and I feel good about myself, but the eye socket is completely broken so the eyeball isn't really protected by anything. I have to be back in two weeks and we'll see how it is then .

"It is disappointing as there is Wetherby on Saturday and I also had some nice drives in Carlisle on Sunday."


Steven Gregory