Murphy lucky to escape serious injury at Newcastle
Timmy Murphy escaped serious injury after suffering a heavy fall at Newcastle yesterday.
The Kildare-born rider was taken to Newcastle Royal Infirmary after Classy Chav unseated him at the final fence of the two-mile-four-furlong handicap chase.
The following race had to be delayed 30 minutes while the Grand National-winning rider received medical treatment.
Murphy later underwent X-rays on a suspected shoulder injury, but is expected to make a swift return after confirmation there were no broken bones or dislocations.
There was plenty of drama at Newcastle earlier also as five jockeys received 12-day bans after taking the wrong course in the mares' maiden hurdle.
There was a full circuit to go in the two-mile-six-furlong contest when Jason Maguire and his mount, Seedless, went left on to the chase course. Four other horses -- including the Peter Buchanan-ridden 6/4 favourite Catleen -- seemed to follow his lead and headed the wrong side of the white railings in the middle of the track.
A couple of riders realised their error in time and managed to get back on to the correct course in time. But Catleen, Glen Innis Lady (James O'Farrell), Moscow Mischief (Campbell Gillies), Ruby Queen (Paddy Aspell) and Seedless were all pulled up.
Buchanan and Gillies admitted to their mistakes but the latter felt the course could have been better laid out. The five jockeys will be suspended between March 2-13.