WARRNAMBOOL apprentice jockey Melissa Julius will have a clearer indication about when her career in the saddle can resume after visiting the doctor this Wednesday.
Julius has been on sidelines since an horrific race fall from Obscura at Moonee Valley on October 2. The 29-year-old lay motionless on the track while medical staff rushed to her aid. She was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for scans and observation after being knocked out for four minutes.
"I've got to visit the Victoria Jockeys Association Dr Gary Zimmerman on Wednesday," Julius said.
"I'll have a concussion test while I'm with Dr Zimmerman. I'm feeling really good.
"I've had headaches when I've woke up on a couple of mornings since the fall, but I put them back to my neck which has been sore.
"I'm hoping Gary will allow me to resume riding track work, and then I'll get my ticket to start riding in races again.
"I've got my fingers crossed I'll be back in the saddle at Horsham next Sunday, but it all depends on how Gary thinks I'm going."
Julius, who has ridden 110 winners in her career which started at Penshurst on Boxing Day in 2015, said she had been missing her work.
"I've been bored at home since the fall," she said.
"I've been down to the stables on a few occasions and annoying everyone. I just can't wait till I get back riding."
Julius is apprenticed to Symon Wilde.
KOROIT-BASED jockey Declan Bates has landed the ride on True Self for high-profile owner Terry Henderson in the $5 million Caulfield Cup this Saturday.
"I'm over the moon to have the ride in the Cup," Bates said.
"The Caulfield Cup one of Australia's iconic races on the calendar.
"I'm just so grateful that Terry and the other owners in the OTI group have given me the ride on True Self.
"I do a bit of riding for Terry, he's been a great supporter since I arrived in Australia from Ireland back in 2015."
True Self is trained by Irish trainer Willie Mullins. The eight-year-old mare, who won last year's Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington, is rated a $34 chance in the early betting markets on the 2400 metre race.
OWNERS will be back on course for Warrnambool's race meeting this Thursday.
Racing Victoria has allowed the resumption of limited owner attendance at country meetings.
Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive Tom O'Connor is happy owners can return to the track.
"We can have owners who reside outside metropolitan Melbourne when they have a horse running back on track, but we have very strict protocols in place," O'Connor said.
"There will be 30 owners per race admitted to the track, but they must pre-register with the club beforehand and they must leave after the race unless their in the ownership of another horse later in the day.
"There is a strict segregation of owners from racing participants, meaning that owner access to racing operations areas including the mounting yard and the stabling area is prohibited and no crossover will be permitted between the two halves of the racecourse."
O'Connor said the track had held up well after 78mm of rainfall over a two-day period last week.
"The 78mm of rain last week took our rainfall for the month to nearly 110mm," he said.
"We've been lucky we haven't raced for six to eight weeks.
"The break has allowed our trackwork staff to do annual renovation work on the track.
"The course has helped up remarkably well considering the amount of rain we've had last week.
"With a couple of nice days this week we should be fine to run on Thursday."
The running rail will be in the true position for Thursday's eight race meeting.
TOP Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith will push ahead with spring plans for Achernar Star and Reykjavik after their unplaced runs in the group one Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.
Achernar Star ran fifth while Reykjavik finished in 11th spot.
"Achernar Star ran and honest race," Smith said.
"He'll head to the Chatham Stakes for his next start over the Flemington carnival.
"Reykjavik won last years Chatham and I'm just hoping Achernar Star can follow in the same path this year.
"Reykjavik just got too far back in the run on Saturday.
"The pattern of racing just didn't suit his style of racing.
"We may look at running Reykjavik in the Seymour Cup before heading to the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown."
Smith said the wide barrier didn't help the chances of Trap For Fools in the Cranbourne Cup on Sunday.
"The wide barrier and the big weight just took their toll on Trap For Fools," the multiple group one-winning trainer said.
"We'll just try and find a suitable race for him within in the next few weeks."
Trap For Fools has won 13 of his 43 starts.
JOCKEY Dean Holland has been suspended for eight meetings on a careless riding charge by Racing Victoria stewards following his ride on Cienfuegos at Swan Hill on Sunday.
Holland's suspension starts at midnight on October 18 and ends midnight October 25.