Jacob enjoys Nicholls visit

Daryl Jacob could have a better idea of the timetable for his return to race-riding when he sees his specialist next week.

The jump jockey suffered a broken knee, leg and elbow when he was thrown on to a hard surface after his mount Port Melon crashed into a rail on the way down to the start for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, demolishing a camera position in the process.

Jacob was a welcome visitor to Paul Nicholls' stables on Thursday morning as he watched some of the yard's top horses in action ahead of the Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree.

"I'm not doing too bad. As we speak I'm at Oaksey House and have an Aircast ice-pack on my knee watching racing news and having a cup of coffee, so I'm doing all right," he said.

"I was in at Paul's this morning to see some of those horses like Tidal Bay and Silviniaco Conti that are getting ready for Aintree.

"Rocky Creek schooled and they all seemed in great form and looked really well.

"I'm going see Gavin Holt, my (orthopaedic) surgeon, on Monday and I think we'll have more of an idea after I've seen him.

"At the moment the swelling is quite big and there's a lot of bruising, so we've got to wait for all that to settle down before we get a better idea of things."