Chad Lever is glad just to be in the saddle again on Melbourne Cup day.
A dangerous fall meant the provincial jockey spent last year at home rather than in the jockeys’ room.
Lever was forced into a long recover after suffering severe head, hand and facial injuries in a fall at Scone last August.
Twelve months on, he’s keen to make an impression with a strong book of rides at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.
"It will definitely be good to be back out there," Lever said.
Lever’s first three rides of the day will come for Kembla’s premier trainer Gwenda Markwell.
He will pilot Bolord (race one) before jumping aboard lightly-raced five-year-old Archedemus in the Carlton Draught 4YO & Up Maiden Plate (1000m).
Archedemus stayed in the barrier at his only race start at Kembla Grange in January, but has shown the stable potential at the trials.
“I wasn’t on him the day he stayed in the barriers but he has got a few tricks up his sleeve,” Lever said.
“He trialled okay the other day and I think he will be better for the race experience.
“I would say he has had a few issues, more through immaturity but hopefully he is past that now. He is a bit older and wise, so hopefully he can take that to the races.”
Lever rates Better Take Cover (race three) among his better chances of the afternoon.
The Statue Of Liberty mare has had three careers starts and his first-up in The i98FM Illawarra Convoy Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
“She is a nice little horse,” Lever said.
“I have only sat her at jumpouts and trials, but she will go through his grades and win a few more races.
“I was meant to ride her Thursday but he drew badly. He looks to have a decent chance [on Tuesday].”
Lever links up with Markwell’s Angel Of Truth (race seven) while also piloting a further three runners for David Pfieffer. He has been booked for both Fluidity and Provocative Man in the Go Hire Maiden Handicap (1600m) and also rides Madam Oaks (race four) and Readycatgo (race eight).