Sanders Is Ready to Ride Again; Pain Gain: Sanders Tests His Left Femur

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SEB SANDERS should be back on horseback this morning after going through the pain barrier yesterday to prove he is fit enough to return to the saddle.

Test results while strapped into the Kin Com physical therapy machine as part of his rehabilitation at the Nuffield Hospital in Bury St Edmunds showed sufficient strength has returned to Sanders' left leg for him to clock in for action at Sir Mark Prescott's Newmarket stable for the first time since fracturing his femur in a horrific three-horse pile-up at Chester on August 30.

With heavy snow in the Suffolk area producing treacherous conditions, it is likely to mean that the rider who landed last year's Oaks on Look Here will be restricted to circuits of the covered ride.

But Sanders yesterday expressed his delight at being able to step up his recuperation with the aim of making a return to race riding at the beginning of next month.

Sanders, joint champion in 2007 with Jamie Spencer after a titanic season-long battle, said: 'The results were good and the strength of the leg has improved a hell of a lot. …