Mick Squires' amazing comeback
TABULAM Cup-winning jockey Mick Squires is tattooed and as tough as they come.
The Ballina hoop is on the comeback trail after spending 10 long weeks off the track after a horse fell on him and cracked five vertebrae in his back.
When his injuries didn't heal as fast as he'd hoped, the thought that he may never ride again crossed his mind.
“The question marks started going off in your mind and you start thinking that maybe this is not going to get better,” he said.
“I thought that I'd be back a few weeks before I did, but I just had to keep going with my exercises and eventually it came good.”
“What it comes down to is horses that can handle those tight little turning tracks,” he said.
“You find that horses that have a bit of form from elsewhere don't handle those tight turning tracks as well.
“Over the years I've had a lot of riding success around those country tracks and I was fortunate that it worked out to be a cup race.”
Squires first got his taste for the track in Moree, then moved to Tamworth and spent some time in Sydney, but is more than happy to be plying his trade along the coastal circuit.
Which is why he's particularly at home at country cup racing days like Tabulam.
“Those little country races always have a good atmosphere, full of good quality country people,” he said.
“Even though I spent a few years riding in Sydney it's always good coming back to the country towns and riding at those sorts of meetings.
“It reminds you of how things used to be.”
As for his body art, Squires got his first tattoo as a 'youngster' when he was riding on the rodeo circuit.
“I've collected a few of them over the years, I like my artwork,” he said.
“The first one I got was one of a bull's head.”
No bull, and hats off to Squires for making such a successful comeback to racing.