Top Limerick jockey in hospital with ‘chest, abdominal and spinal injuries’

Limerick jockey Robbie McNamara celebrates after riding Spring Heeled to win the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in 2014. McNamara has been hospitalised after suffering a serious injury in Wexford on Friday
Renowned Limerick jockey Robbie McNamara was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin on Friday night after suffering a back injury while racing in Wexford.

Renowned Limerick jockey Robbie McNamara was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin on Friday night after suffering a back injury while racing in Wexford.

The Croom man, who was due to ride 2014 Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in the Aintree Grand National, suffered “chest, abdominal and spinal injuries” after falling in the first race in Wexford - a handicap hurdle aboard Buseldon.

He was taken to Wexford General Hosptial, where he underwent a CT scan, before being transferred.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical advisor for the Irish Turf Club, said: “Robbie has chest, abdominal and spinal injuries and has been transferred to the Mater (Hospital).

“I have spoken to his family and we have agreed there will be no further comment until Sunday, by which time he will have undergone further scans.”

A dual-Cheltenham festival winning jockey, McNamara, 26, is a first cousin of former rider John Thomas McNamara who was left paralysed after sustaining spinal injuries in a fall at the 2013 Cheltenham festival.

It is only five months since McNamara turned professional after a fine career as an amateur. He won twice at the 2014 Celtenham Festival - aboard Silver Concorde in the Champion Bumper and Spring Heeled in the Kim Muir Chase. That double success saw McNamara honoured as the Limerick Leader person of the month.

His ride on Jim Culloty’s Lord Windermere has been now handed to Murroe’s Brian O’Connell.