A recent award has boosted the spirits of injured apprentice Darren Danis.
The 25-year-old was named the Most Improved Apprentice at the annual Milan Park Waikato Apprentice Jockeys’ Awards.
Employed by Matamata trainer Wayne Hillis, Danis is currently side-lined after a nasty fall at the Phar Lap Raceway in July.
“I’m out for the rest of the year. After surgery to my fractured T3 and T4 vertebrae, doctors told me I had to wait at least until next January to have a better idea if I can resume my riding career,” he said.