Plucky Kinane bounces back with full book of rides

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 1997, 12:00am

Irish ace Mick Kinane reported back for work yesterday and came out of an extended trackwork session 'much better than I expected'.

Kinane was lucky to escape serious injury last Saturday when Emphasis panicked seconds before the start of the final race and attempted to get under the gate of his stall.

Kinane ended up in severe pain from a knee injury and tomorrow's Sha Tin meeting was officially in doubt until late Wednesday night.

'I wondered whether I might be coming back a bit early but there were no problems with the knee and I am feeling quite all right,' he said.

'I was prepared to feel a bit of pain in the knee but I came out of it all much better than I expected. It's fine.' Kinane comes back with a full book from the available rides on the eight-event card.

Looking forward to six rides on the card is English jockey Alan Munro, who came back to action after an enforced 12 months on the sidelines on Wednesday night on the Sha Tin dirt.

Munro reported yesterday that, not unexpectedly, his thigh muscles were sore but otherwise he was in good shape.