Concern for Greene after horror fall at Lingfield
Published 22/03/2011 | 05:00
TWO Irish jockeys, Rodi Greene and Aidan Coleman, were in the wars at Lingfield yesterday after a dramatic maiden hurdle which was eventually won by a 100/1 outsider.
Greene will remain in hospital overnight after suffering a terrible fall. The 41-year-old Tipperary native displaced a bone in his neck, and is unable to fully manoeuvre his right arm, after being unseated in the opening contest.
Coleman was taken to the same hospital after falling in a separate incident during the same race. The Cork native was later released without having sustained any serious injuries.
The news is, however, less promising for Greene, who had to be transferred to a specialist hospital in Tooting, London, late last night.
Earlier in the evening his wife, Alison Greene, said: "He's displaced a bone in his neck. There are no vertebrae broken, but there's a lot of swelling, plus he's not got full use of his right arm.
"It's looking likely he'll move to a neurological unit in Tooting. I briefly spoke to Rod but he was pretty incoherent because of the medication he had taken."
Coleman was far luckier, and was sent home after undergoing precautionary X-rays. His agent Sam Stronge said: "He's very sore and a bit bruised. He'll probably just take a few days off."
Greene took a frightening tumble from Diamond Twister at the first flight in the opening maiden hurdle, while Coleman came off Spirit D'Armor at the third obstacle.
The jockeys were taken to hospital in separate ambulances, which had to return to the track before racing could resume.
As well as the two unseated jockeys, there were two other fallers in the race, which saw racing delayed by over half an hour. The Strawberry One fell at the first flight, while Buona Sarah suffered a fatal injury when coming down at the second.
Cody Wyoming, a 100/1 shot, claimed victory for trainer Heather Main and jockey Dominic Elsworth.