HOPEFULLY the first up win by Alannah Badger last Saturday at Nanango is the first step back to a successful period of race riding after a series of injuries.
Alannah booted home the Kaye Hill trained Miss Legon in the 1000m maiden at her first ride since a fall at Lismore on Dec 24.
Her injury woes had commenced over a year previously having suffered a shoulder injury in a fall at the end of 2010.
This necessitated two operations to repair the shoulder and a long period of rehab keeping her out of the saddle for just over a year.
After five rides back, Alannah was injured in the Lismore fall in December and had just gained her clearance to ride a few days prior to the Nanango meeting.
There were several anxious moments in that race when the saddle rolled on passing the winning post and it was only some assistance from fellow rider, Ian Coombes, who had ridden the second horse which prevented Alannah from a probable fall.
After beginning her riding career here with trainer Barry Gill, Alannah transferred to Gold Coast mentor, Noel Doyle and has now ridden 57 winners.
Due to finish her 4 years apprenticeship in a few months time, Alannah intends to apply for an extension of her apprenticeship as she has effectively ridden for only two of the four years due to injuries.
The 20 yr old now claims 1.5 kg in the country and 3 kg at the Provincials.