Peter Knuckey was tempted to make an early return from injury after hearing speedster Travinator was set to run in last weekend's Crawford Stakes (1000m).

The jockey's winning streak came to an end when he fractured his T7 vertebra in a fall at Ascot trackwork seven weeks ago.

Knuckey was second only to Paul Harvey on 18 wins on the jockeys' premiership at the time.

The enforced spell cost him the chance of winning a second Perth Cup on $4 favourite Chester Road, while he was forced to watch Power Princess run second to Barakey in the Group 1 $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Super Saturday.

Knuckey won the Perth Cup as an apprentice aboard Field Officer in 1993.

He had been the regular rider of Travinator, who set a sizzling pace before compounding to run last in the Winterbottom.

Trainer Daniel Pearce contemplated bringing back Travinator for the Crawford Stakes and next Tuesday's Summer Scorcher, only to abandon those plans because of the gelding's bruised heel.

"I thought about pushing it with Travinator coming back," Knuckey said.

"The fracture is a little worse than what they first thought. It is not like an ankle or collarbone where you can push through the pain barrier."

Knuckey has started swimming in the first step to increasing his fitness. He will be running soon and is hoping to resume riding trackwork midway through next month.

"I weighed myself last night and I was 53kg, it was the heaviest I've ever been," Knuckey said.

"I have not been able to do any fitness training as I don't want to strain anything in my back.

"I have started swimming and am looking to do some running. I hope to be back riding trackwork by mid-January, ride in two sets of trials and then return to race riding by February 1.

"I have come to terms with missing the carnival. It happens to all jockeys and I am now looking forward to riding in the future."

The West Australian

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