Brock Ryan returns from broken leg with a city Saturday ride in the Bob Charley AO Stakes

Brock Ryan didn’t expect to be riding on a Sydney Saturday in his first week back from injury let alone on a live chance in the Listed Bob Charley AO Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

But the luckless apprentice now plans to put a rotten run of injuries behind him when he pilots the John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes-trained Surreal Step in Saturday’s $150,000 feature.

Ryan has been out of the saddle since March when he broke his leg in a trackwork incident at his home track of Kembla Grange.

It was the latest on a long list of injury blows for the young hoop who has also suffered a broken shoulder, fractured elbow and broken pelvis all during his apprenticeship.

He returned to trackwork riding last month and rode barrier trials for the first time at Kembla Grange on Wednesday morning before intending to make a low key comeback to race riding at Wagga on Friday.

“First week back I wasn’t looking at even riding in Sydney and then the Hawkes threw me this opportunity this weekend,” Ryan said.

“They messaged me earlier this week asking when I was back and I said I am ready to go. I’m thankful.

“They’ve always been good supporters of mine and it is a huge thing coming back from injury.”

A capacity field of 14 runners has accepted for Saturday’s feature event with bookies installing Ballistic Lover and Wandabaa as equal $5 favourites.

Surreal Step is a $14 contender with TAB fixed odds.

Albumin (cerise) narrowly beats Surreal Step (orange) in the Ortensia Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The son of Sidestep returned to his best last start with a strong second-up showing to finish a narrow runner-up to Albumin in the Listed Ortensia Stakes at Rosehill.

“He is going well and I thought his last run was enormous when he just got beat,” Ryan said.

“I think with the light weight of 54kg on his back and a good draw in barrier two, we should be able to jump and land in a nice spot.

“I reckon he should be hard to beat.”

Ryan has five rides booked for his first metropolitan meeting back but his book could be subject to change depending on track conditions in Sydney.

Among those booking include one for bosses Robert and Luke Price aboard Liveinthefastlane in the Drinkwise Mile (1600m).

“She is ticking over nicely but is also nominated for Warwick Farm on Monday and we will see what the weather does,” Ryan said.

He also has bookings for Notabadharada (race six), Intuition (race nine) as well as the emergency Riverstock (race two).

Originally published asSurreal chance for Ryan in return from broken leg

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