Paul Carberry has spoken of his determination to be back for the Cheltenham Festival in March after breaking his collar bone in a skiing accident next week.

Those looking at Cheltenham Festival Odds should note that the jockey will spend up to six weeks on the sidelines, which is far from ideal so close to the Festival, but his agent has stated that there should still be enough time for a full recovery.

Acting as Carberry’s agent at this time, Theresa O’Toole said: “He rang me on Thursday to tell me, it’s awful luck. He’ll be out for four to six weeks, but he’ll be back flying by the time Cheltenham comes around.”

“It’s rotten luck, but he’s used to bouncing back. It’s not as if he’s a novice on the slopes either, he’s a very accomplished skier.”

Many have questioned whether going skiing just a couple of months before the Festival was a good idea, but Carberry is an experienced jockey and will hope to prove his fitness over the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, trainer Paul Nolan has spoken of his hope that Adams Island will put in a positive performance in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday.

Nolan said: “He ran a good race in Leopardstown, he ran to his mark. He probably hasn’t got much in hand regards his mark because it’s based on him being second to Captain Chris at Kempton last winter.”

“Hopefully, he’ll run a nice race.”

Sports betting pundits note how there is certainly a lot going on in the world of horse racing at the moment and it is a positive that the weather hasn’t prevented too much racing so far.

Let’s just hope the snow is out of the way or holds off until after the Cheltenham Festival!

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