The young rider was hurt when the Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Dandy fell heavily three out in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
His progress is such that he was transferred at the weekend from Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, where he underwent an operation to reduce swelling on his brain a few days after his fall, to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
“Brian Toomey continues to show positive signs of recovery following his transfer from Dundee to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough last weekend where he is due to start a rehabilitation programme,” Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said on the fund’s website.
Toomey’s close friend and fellow jockey Brian Hughes, who visited him twice over the weekend, said: “Brian’s in good form and is walking and talking and doing everything normally.
“He recognises everybody and seems to be himself which is brilliant.”
Toomey is attached to the North Yorkshire yard of Kevin Ryan, and is the partner of the trainer’s daughter, Amy.
*Richard Hannon could yet be tempted into running Toronado against Al Kazeem in the Juddmonte International at York next week – admitting rider Richard Hughes wants to have a tilt at the 10-furlong showpiece.
The High Chaparral c olt was a leading ante-post contender for the Derby heading into the winter but has proved himself top-class at a mile this season, beating Dawn Approach in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Speaking at Salisbury, Hannon said: “Hughesie wants me to run him in the Juddmonte. We’ll probably keep him to a mile, but there’s only one horse to beat in the Juddmonte so it’s very tempting.
“He’ll be kept in the race, and we’ll have a look.”
*Excess Knowledge could be set for a swift return to action in next week’s Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
The John Gosden-trained three-year-old had no luck in running when beaten just a head by Cap O’Rushes in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, with that rival again among the contenders for the Group Two race on the Knavesmire on Wednesday.
Having finished third in the Gala Stakes on his only other start this term, Excess Knowledge would be seeking a first win this term if he lines up in the traditional St Leger trial.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “Excess Knowledge is a possibility for the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The horse has come out of that race fine and is under consideration for York. A decision will be taken nearer declaration time.”
*Connections of Riposte are hoping the filly can bounce back to winning form in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday week after a slightly disappointing run in Ireland last time.
Lady Cecil’s filly won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in fine style but upped to Group One company for the Irish Oaks, she could not find the necessary extra gear to beat Chicquita.
However Riposte reportedly delighted connections in a spin on Racecourse Side in Newmarket yesterday morning, when she worked just under a mile on the Watered Gallop in company with fellow Yorkshire Oaks candidate Wild Coco and now looks set to run in next week’s Group One.