Talented Gold Goast jockey Daniel Griffin attempts another comeback from troublesome knee injury
THE name Daniel Griffin will finally be back in the form guide on Saturday as the record-breaking jockey gets set to make his latest return from knee surgery on the Gold Coast.
Griffin, who notched a record sixth-straight Gold Coast jockeys’ premiership in 2011-12, is still hopeful he can return to his glory days despite conceding this is his last roll of the dice.
Griffin has endured a horror run ever since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a sickening three-horse fall at the Gold Coast Turf Club in November, 2012.
He made a brief comeback in February this year but was stood down six weeks later as complications with his left knee flared again.
The 33-year-old went under the knife again in July in a last-ditch attempt to save his career and Griffin is confident his troublesome left knee will withstand the pressures of race riding this time around.
“This is the last roll of the dice and if the knee doesn’t hold up this time it will be all over but I’m confident the knee will hold up,” Griffin said.
“I’ve got the extra movement, so it shouldn’t react like it did last time and I can ride back to the length I used to ride before the fall.
“I was nowhere near that the last time and my physio is rapt with how the knee has progressed this time.
“He has gone through the whole journey with me and he is a lot more confident this time than he was last time.”
Griffin has been on a roller-coaster ride ever since the sickening fall, which also ended the riding career of jockey Dean Tanti.
Griffin admits it’s been tough sitting on the sideline every week and he is just looking forward to get back to doing what he loves best.
“It will just be good to get back out there and it has been a long journey,” he said.
“After the first comeback I wasn’t sure if I would ride again and I was in the surgeon’s hands.
“He was confident with another crack at it we should get it right and I just had to trust him.”
Griffin has been flooded with support for his return and is almost certain to have to knock back rides this weekend.
“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing and the support been really good,” Griffith said.
“I’ve got rides for Kelly Schweida and Marcus Wilson (this weekend) and I’ll take five or six rides all up.
“Last time I took three rides on my first day back but I’ve done a bit more work this time and I’ve probably done 25 jump outs and trials all up.”
Griffin will ride 56kg this weekend but hopes to get down to 54.5kg after a few weeks.