Teen star Jack Kennedy ruled out for four months after leg break
Teenage sensation Jack Kennedy faces a long spell sidelined after a heavy fall at Punchestown yesterday.
The 18-year-old Dingle rider, widely touted as a future champion jockey, was aboard Bobbie's Diamond when he crashed out at the last in the opening race on the card.
And initial fears were confirmed when Kennedy was rushed to Naas General Hospital, according to Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick.
"It's the mid-shaft of his left femur. It is the biggest bone in his body, a clean break," he said.
"He will be operated on in the morning at Tallaght, where a nail will be put in through it, and he will be out for about four months.
"It is totally unrelated to the fractures that he got in his leg before. I spoke to him and, while he is in a great deal of pain, he is in reasonable spirits. Hopefully he might be back for the Listowel Festival in September."
Despite his tender years, Kennedy rode Labaik to a shock victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, his first win there. He is attached to the Gordon Elliott stable.
Meanwhile, one of the most respected trainers in England has taken the unprecedented step of offering a £10,000 reward for information to clear his name - after one of his horses tested positive for an anabolic steroid four months ago in a midweek winter race where the prize-money on ffer was just £2,500.
Hughie Morrison, 56, the outspoken Group One-winning trainer, could face a suspension of up to ten years after his Our Little Sister was selected for testing after finishing last in a field of eight runners at Wolverhampton. She tested positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug.
"I am doing everything I possibly can to get to the bottom of this. I've reported it to Thames Valley Police who, along with the BHA, were supportive in my offering a reward," he explained.