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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 10:40 GMT
Jockey Winston returns to action
Jockey Robert Winston
Winston was a champion jockey contender before his injury
Robert Winston has returned to riding after a long spell out through injury and a battle against alcoholism.

The 26-year-old rider looked set to play a major part in the Flat jockeys' championship race before breaking his jaw in a fall at Ayr on 6 August.

During his enforced absence, Winston also had treatment at an addiction clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem.

He drew a blank on his return to the saddle at Lingfield on Monday.

"It is great to be back," said Winston. "I was drinking myself to death. I just couldn't control it.

"There have been some dark days, but I am surprised at myself. I thought it might take me a little while to get back into the swing of things fitness-wise, but it hasn't been too bad."

Winston was one of six jockeys arrested as part of the ongoing City of London police investigation into allegations of race-fixing.

All the jockeys have denied any wrongdoing, and have been bailed until early 2006.

Winston recovers from jaw surgery
08 Aug 05 |  Horse Racing


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