23/11/2020 Martin keen to sizzle in summer


Returning jockey Jack Martin is hoping for a change of luck as he eyes a big summer which will help put his name back on the map.

The promising rider, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, returned last week from a concussion which he sustained when he hit his head on the barriers in October.

Martin said the Christmas and New Year period would be the perfect opportunity to establish himself.

"Having the time off and with the COVID restrictions I wasn't able to do much other than look after myself and get back into the swing of things," Martin said.

"It (the concussion) probably wasn't the end of the world because I wasn't going to get a good go over the Spring Carnival. At the point of the career where I am at, the summertime and over Christmas is my busy period.

"I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, getting some winners and good numbers in the next few weeks and have a good summer."

Martin hit his head on the barriers at Cranbourne on October 11, with the force significant enough to put a crack in his helmet.

While he felt okay at the time, Martin later felt the effects of concussion and was forced to spend a period of time on the sidelines.

It was a similar incident to the one that occurred with veteran hoop Dwayne Dunn, who suffered a number of fractures in his neck and is yet to return to the saddle.

"I've had a fair few concussions over the years, and it wasn't one of my worst concussions. But with the impact it had on my helmet and the aftermath days later, where my symptoms got worse (I needed time away)," he said.

"So I was lucky, but I still had to look after myself and make sure I was right before I got back into it."


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