Horse Racing

Andre Martin overcomes broken collar bone — says Jamaican food made the difference

Observer writer

Friday, March 22, 2019

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ANDRE Martin, a graduate of the Jockey School of 2009 who has been laid up because of an injury, returned to the winners' enclosure for the first time in a long while when he piloted the 7/2 shot Jason's Gold to victory at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

It was a chance ride for Martin and he was happy to climb aboard and deliver the victory as for some time now he has been unable to ride due to a broken collar bone sustained while riding in Canada last year.

“My recovery is because of the wonderful healing work by Dr Renard Martin to get me back into this excellent frame of mind and body. I said that as he was an angel to get me this perked up and I have returned to the saddle much earlier than the recovery time that was first anticipated.

“Dr Martin revealed that in his 15 years of surgery, he has not seen anyone who has healed so quickly in one year and to me, I believe that the Jamaican food, loving and thoughtful care went a long way in stepping up the healing process,” Martin pointed out with a huge smile on his face.

“I will like to be here (Jamaica) to practice my trade and skill, but if I am not getting many meaningful rides then I will have to return to greener pastures,” Martin added.

Another issue faced by Martin during his career is weight but the former Superstakes winning jockey said that everything is working out for him.

“Well, my weight is down from 54.0 kg as I can now ride at 52.0 kg. The thing is that I got a real eye-opener after the spill. I was playing around as you know me but now, I am trying to be more mindful of my discipline.

“While I am here, I have been getting useful opportunities to work and keep in shape thanks a lot to Mr Philip Feanny and Mr Steven Todd and those other trainers who call on me from time to time.

“It is always good to sow good seeds as most will grow and blossom. With my performance overseas, I have not done badly as over the past two years I've had 27 wins and looking up but as soon as I thought that things were developing further, I had that nasty spill,” the former Jamaica College student said.

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