CHAMPION jockey Stathi Katsidis is recovering from an operation to pin and plate a broken left leg that will sideline him for two months.The dual premiership-winning rider thanked the surgeon who worked on his leg at the Mater Private Hospital in Redlands and was positive about his return to race riding.
"I was going to submit my paperwork last Friday to stewards for a clearance to ride trackwork when a horse reared over on me that morning," Katsidis said.
"I was lying there thinking 'will I ever be able to use my leg again?' because the compound break looked pretty bad.
"I don't know whether it was the shock but I never felt much pain. It was a compound break of the femur."
Katsidis was mobile enough to shower yesterday and already planning his rehabilitation progam to get back to riding.
The incident happened at Pinnacle Park, Beaudesert, where Katsidis has been working for the past six months.
He had been breaking in horses after stewards withdrew his licence for nine months after he tested positive to ecstasy.
"I have had a good break and it is a chance for my body to have a little extra rest from wasting," Katsidis said.
"I had completed the course they asked me to take and I had a police report that I was also going to hand them."
Last year's leading Brisbane jockey, Jim Byrne, will also be missing from the riding scene for the next few weeks.
Byrne has taken time off to have corrective surgery to an old injury and the ranks of leading riders have never been thinner.
Glen Colless is also on the sidelines and several other jockeys are serving suepensions for careless riding, opening the door to some new names.