Aidan Macdonald, hit by stroke, ‘fitter than ever’ and eager to ride out again | News about horse racing

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Aidan Macdonald: “It’s a little frustrating not to be able to ride out”

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By David Carr, Racing Writer of the Year

Seven months after suffering a stroke and being driven to hospital in critical condition, conditional jockey Aidan Macdonald is back at work and believes the signs are “very positive” that he will ride again.

The one who weighs 7 kg believes that he will be in better shape than ever if he completes his recovery and gets a license again.

Macdonald, 22, collapsed on Mainham Street in the spring and spent three and a half weeks in hospital.

A scan has shown that his carotid artery has healed and the jockey has returned to work at Micky Hammond’s farm, while also continuing his rehabilitation at Jack Berry House and working out at his gym.

“The scan gave me everything clear and it’s very exciting,” he said. “I’m back to work in the yard, but I’m not allowed to ride out yet, I think it’s going to be a few weeks off.

“I’m going to see a neuropsychologist who will look at the recovery of my brain to make sure it’s all right. It’s taken its time, but I can not hurry.

“I nut out, brush the horses, sweep the yard, all the tasks I don’t really feel like doing. I’m happy to be back at work, but at the same time it’s a little frustrating not being able to ride. Out.”

BHA chief medical adviser Jerry Hill will make the final decision on his license application, and Macdonald said: “I see the neuropsychologist and there are a few tests at Jack Berry House I have to pass, then Jerry Hill must gather all the information and find out, whether it is safe for me to ride.

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“It was not very positive in the beginning when I came out of the hospital, but now that the scan is ready and everything is healed, Jerry is very positive.”

Macdonald, who is originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, had ridden three winners by the time he got his stroke.

“In myself, I’m fine and I’ll be a lot fitter when I get back to racing, if I’m allowed, because I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last few months, and I feel me more fit than I have ever done. before, “he said.

“When I was in the hospital, I did not think I would ever ride a horse again – I would feel very lucky if I ever get back on a racehorse. And I have to thank my boss Micky Hammond, who has been a great help all the way with my girlfriend Ellie and all my friends, especially Finian O’Toole. “

Macdonald has been based at Hammond since 2016, and the coach said: “Aidan is making really good progress. He is good at the more modest tasks – he can put horses on and off the walker, change blankets and sweep up – and it is in many ways terrific, considering what he has been through.

“He’s frustrated that he can not get on a horse, but he’s happy with his progress and he’s a determined young guy, which helps.”

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FIRST PUBLISHED 15.00, 24 NOV. 2021

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