Drowne nearing return to action

Steve Drowne has finally been given some good news in his attempts to return to the saddle.

The Flat jockey has been given the all-clear by his specialist after suffering two blackouts in the spring.

However, he has to be passed by both the DVLA, to have his driving licence returned, as well as by the British Horseracing Authority's chief medical officer Dr Turner before being allowed to resume his riding career.

"It's been a time thing and has been so frustrating. I was misdiagnosed and it's just taken a long time to reverse it," Drowne told At The Races.

"It was a viral attack of the heart that I suffered. It felt like I had flu on the day it happened and I ignored it and went outside and did a few things.

"Unfortunately the virus caused me to compromise the ability of my heart to get the blood to my head and I just fainted and passed out.

"My specialist says that everything has gone and I'm fine to return. I've just got sort it with the DVLA and see Dr Turner and go from there.

"Even though I'm fit to drive, until the DVLA look at my medical records and the new report I can't drive unfortunately.

"The reports are being sent to them, and it is a case of when they look at them.

"They wouldn't give me a time scale. Once they've got it I will try to speed it up and keep pestering them.

"They've said it could be two weeks, it could be two months. I'll be chasing them, but it's in their hands more than anything.

"I'm hoping to get my driving licence back in the near future. That's one thing you do need in our job.

"I've kept busy walking and running, but I haven't been able to ride out for trainers. When I do get my licence back I will be riding out for a bit. I won't be jumping straight back into race riding."