Leading Sydney jockey Corey Brown will return to the saddle in considerably less pain than when he left it at the start of the year.
Brown eased his way back into riding after shoulder surgery with four barrier trial mounts yesterday and then declared himself fit for a promising book of Rosehill rides on Saturday.
An operation to remove a plate in his left shoulder has been hailed a success by his surgeon and the jockey himself.
"My shoulder is giving me no trouble at all and it is one hundred per cent compared to what it was," Brown said between Warwick Farm barrier trial rides. Brown is on standby for an Inglis Classic ride because he is unsure if the Craig Carmody-trained first starter Everage will make the field.
Otherwise his comeback book looks strong on paper with solid mounts for Chris Waller headed by the imported stayer Secessio.
He will also ride Riva De Lago, Disciple and Loch Leven for the premier trainer.
Brown rode Secessio when the former European stayer, a Listed winner in Germany as a 3-year-old, closed strongly under 59kg over 1900m when placed at Canterbury in late December.