Martin Dwyer, Roaring to Go

Dubai, UAE, March 23, 2011 - Martin Dwyer, who had a horrible fall at the end of September that put him out of action for nearly four months, is relishing the return to the big stage.
The English jockey who is going to ride Dangerous Midge in the Dubai Sheema Classic and Mantoba in the UAE Derby, has come out to Dubai five days before the big event, in order to familiarize himself with the new track. As a former second jockey to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he spent two seasons here a couple of years ago, but missed out on the opening of Meydan last year.
“I didn’t come out here,” he confirmed on Wednesday morning after he took Dangerous Midge for a spin around the track.
The Brian Meehan contender had only just arrived, so all he did was stretch his legs and Dwyer continued: “We didn’t do much this morning. It was just to let him stretch his legs and get a look at the track. It’s the first day and I’m very pleased with him.”
Martin Dwyer would have ridden Dangerous Midge in the Breeders’ Cup Turf had he not been injured and he admitted that it was hard to see him win the famous race.
“You always say that it’s great as it is one for the team, but I was gutted,” he added. “There I was with my left elbow broken, my right hand broken and I couldn’t even get out of my chair to cheer him home without any help.”
The injuries he sustained when his ride veered violently to the left in a sprint in England, were more serious than he first thought and he added: “There was a moment when I actually thought I would not get back into the saddle and that was horrible. It just took such a long time to heal. I had three operations, so I’m just glad I’m back and can in ride in these kind of races again.”
Martin Dwyer, who won the Epsom Derby in 2006 with Sir Percy, spent the last few weeks getting fit on the All-Weather tracks in England.
“I got back on the horse in January and then started to race ride in February. I’m happy with my fitness and really look forward to this Saturday. This is what it is all about, being involved in the big meetings, the festivals.”
Dangerous Midge must have an outstanding chance in the Dubai Sheema Classic, a race that Dwyer won in 2005 with the Andrew Balding trained Phoenix Reach.
“I think we have to be optimistic,” he concludes. “He is a Breeders’ Cup winner and has decent Group One horses behind him. And he feels like he has improved. He is a big, strong horse this year. Hopefully he is getting better with age.”