Limerick jockey faces surgery after Cheltenham fall

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

JT McNamara was seriously injured in a fall at Cheltenham [PICTURE: Sportsfile]
AN update is expected later today on the condition of Limerick Jockey John Thomas McNamara who was seriously injured in a fall at Cheltenham yesterday.

AN update is expected later today on the condition of Limerick Jockey John Thomas McNamara who was seriously injured in a fall at Cheltenham yesterday.

The 37-year-old, who is from Croom, was airlifted to hospital after falling while riding Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

He remains in an induced coma at the Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital, after he sustained fractures to two vertebrae in his spine in the fall.

According to Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer, the married father-of-three, may undergo surgery as early as today.

“It is a fracture of the C3 and C4 vertebrae. He will probably be going for surgery this morning but we will know more later in the day,” he told AtTheRaces.

JT McNamara, who is a first cousin of fellow Croom jockey Andrew McNamara, is one of Ireland’s leading amateur jockeys with more than 600 winners to his name.

He is a also a five-time champion point-point jockey.

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