Graham Lee: has been absent since June 4
PICTURE: John Grossick
By Lee Mottershead 5:56PM 5 JUL 2016
GRAHAM LEE will bring to an end five weeks on the sidelines when returning from illness at Chester on Saturday.
Having enjoyed the greatest moment of his Flat riding career when steering Trip To Paris to victory in last year’s Gold Cup, Lee was forced to sit out this season’s royal meeting after succumbing to a virus that has caused him to be absent since June 4.
Lee, who landed the 2004 Grand National aboard Amberleigh House before switching codes in 2012, has ridden over 100 calendar winners in all four of his previous Flat campaigns but will resume work this weekend having so far enjoyed only 19 successes in 2016.
‘Can’t wait to come back’
Lee’s agent Richard Hale said: “The plan is for Graham to come back on Saturday at Chester. He started riding out last week and feels good again. He didn’t want to rush his return and was keen to get his fitness back 100 per cent after such a long time off.
“There was something in his system that laid him low and I suppose jockeys are prone to that sort of thing. It took a long time for him to feel better but he now can’t wait to come back. We look like we have some nice rides on Saturday as well.”
Lee already has five booked mounts on the Chester card, including Qatar Racing’s Ralph Beckett-trained Stroll Patrol in the Listed Corbettsports City Plate.