Jay Misbah, a former leading South Island apprentice and jockey, is progressing well in his recovery from a serious riding accident.
Misbah lost a kidney and broke his wrist in a race fall at Penang in June.
He returned to New Zealand at the end of December and took a position riding track work for trainer Jason Bridgman at Te Akau Stables, Matamata.
''I just want to take a long break from race riding to allow my body to heal,'' said Misbah.
He shifted back to Malaysian from NZ in September 2012 after riding 235 winners, including 115 as an apprentice when based at Wingatui with the stable of Brian and Shane Anderton. He was the leading South Island apprentice in the the 2007-08 season with 32 wins and the following season with 49. He was the leading South Island jockey in 2011-12 with 62 wins, including the Dunedin Cup on The Solitaire.
El Doute has been ruled out of a start at Otaki on Saturday and the New Zealand Derby due to a quarter crack.
''He (El Doute) will be out for two or three weeks,'' said Michael Pitman, his trainer.
Stablemate Lukander is starting in the St Leger Trial at Otaki as a prelude to the Derby.
Pitman decided against a start for El Chico in the weight-for-age 1600m at Otaki as he felt the field was too strong.
- The Southland Times