“The first thing I remember was in hospital and they told me I had a broken back and would be out for a while.”
Benbow has been back riding for two months and Noumea, which comes to Rosehill on Saturday, has given him his biggest success since then in the Coleraine Cup in September.
He has ridden six winners and follows the six-year-old to Sydney as he steps to 2400 metres, a trip that should suit the son of Cape Cross.
Benbow has had his share of success, winning a group 1 Emirates Stakes on Sky Cuddle and scoring a group 3 win on I Am Invincible as the biggest victories of his career.
He has made his career in Victoria and admitted it was unusual for him to have his first city ride back at Rosehill.
“It’s been two years since I rode in Sydney and 2008 since I had a winner there on Chasm,” Benbow said. “When you are coming back you take the opportunities that come along and this horse is going well and we are trying to get him up in the ratings so he can run in better races in the autumn.
“He is a chance to ride a city winner, which when you are coming back is so important. It just let’s everyone know you are around.”
Benbow said the fall had allowed him to reassess his career and he sees it as a second chance. He just needs to reestablish himself.
“It probably came at a good point [the fall], I needed a break from racing,” he said. “I was able to sit back and look back on my career and look what I want to achieve and it is a bit like a second chance.
“I have come back with the right attitude and I just need to work my way back to riding in the city and the better races.”