Flu-hit Heffernan out for Christmas
Seamie Heffernan is recovering from flu back in Ireland for Christmas after enjoying a brief stay sampling all-weather racing on the British tracks.
Heffernan, who had two Group One wins this year for his boss, Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien, has decided to spend the festive season at home.
He does, though, hope to be back on British soil sometime in the New Year for another visit, having opted against riding abroad for the winter.
He found his week-long trip to Newmarket beneficial and intends to build up the contacts he has made across the Irish Sea in 2011.
"I'm back in Ireland at the moment. I've got no firm plans for the winter yet," said Heffernan.
"I've got a bad dose of the flu so I'm going to spend Christmas and the New Year at home.
"I was in Newmarket for a week and picked up a few rides and it went very well, but I'm back home now.
"I had to go over and meet some people so while I was over there I decided to ride a little bit. I'd have been bored otherwise.
"I'm going to be available to ride at all the good meetings in England on the all-weather and the plan is to get to know some of the better trainers and make contacts.
"It was something I wanted to do and I've been doing it. I get great satisfaction from riding in England and hopefully I'll be back there very soon. The trainers over there have been a big help."