Steven King let his jockey’s licence lapse after he shattered his left foot in a bizarre fall at Ballarat last April but now he's on the mend and ready to return to race riding.

The Melbourne Cup winning jockey was initially told by doctors the injury would keep him out for between 12-18 months.

“When the doctor told me that I would be out for that long I didn’t worry about renewing my licence,” King said.

Once all the formalities are completed, King is looking at the middle of the month for his return to riding.

King has been back riding trackwork for the past month, rode in jump-outs  and will seek a medical clearance as part of his licence re-application on Wednesday.

“I rode in half a dozen jump outs last Friday and I’ll do another half a dozen this Friday,” King said.

“I’ll come back a little heavy, but I’ll just cut the weight off with race riding. I’m really looking forward to getting back into it.

“Everything is 100 per cent. My foot is fine it is just about getting my weight down and race fitness.

“There is only so much you can do with trackwork and trials. That last two or three kilos will rip off once I start race riding.”

By Adrian Dunn via Racing Network