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Sunday 24 September 2017

Murphy suffers mysterious injury

Timmy Murphy
Timmy Murphy

Thomas Kelly

TIMMY MURPHY was taken to hospital for X-rays after suffering a shoulder injury in a non-racing related incident at Newbury.

Murphy returned none the worse for wear after guiding Upsilon Bleu to finish fourth in the bet365 Open Handicap Chase.

It is understood that his injuries were suffered afterwards, but the circumstances are unknown.

The jockey missed his ride aboard Aldeburgh in the concluding race and appeared to be in considerable pain as he was helped into an ambulance.

Murphy is due to partner leading contender Our Father in today's Hennessy Gold Cup for trainer David Pipe.

Pipe said: "If he's ruled out I'll have to speak to the owners. Tom (Scudamore, stable jockey) is riding one for Willie Mullins (Terminal), so we'll have to see."

Asked about circumstances surrounding the injury to Murphy, Paul Barton, head of stewarding at the British Horseracing Authority and on duty at Newbury, said: "Nothing has been reported to me, so there's nothing for us to do. All I know is that Timmy Murphy has gone to hospital, I haven't heard anything else."

Irish Independent

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