Walsh to consult specialist to discover if season is over
RUBY WALSH will see a specialist later this week to find out how long he is likely to be out of action for following his nasty fall at the Cheltenham Festival last Friday.
Walsh was leading the way aboard Abbyssial in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when his mount came to grief at the second hurdle and plunged the rider into the turf.
It was soon evident the Festival's leading jockey had fractured his arm and it was later discovered he had also dislocated his shoulder
"I've been worse – I'm not too bad," stated Walsh.
"I had an operation on Friday night in Gloucester to put my shoulder back into its socket. There was a fracture at the top of the arm as well."
Asked whether he will be out for the remainder of the National Hunt season, Walsh said: "I don't know. I would have thought so, but I'll know more when I see the specialist later in the week.
"I need to wait for the swelling to go down before they can get a clearer picture."
At Down Royal, meanwhile, Stuart Crawford's Yes Tom sprang a major shock in the featured conditions chase.
Having run well for a long way on his return from injury before eventually unseating Bryan Cooper in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park a month ago, Tony Martin's Bog Warrior looked to have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways in this three-mile-two-furlong contest.
The 6/4 favourite was swiftly sent into the lead by Paul Carberry, but stopped quickly from the home turn and eventually finished a well-beaten fourth of five runners.
Yes Tom, with over 20lb to find with the market leader on official ratings, was making his debut for Crawford and the 14/1 outsider stayed on strongly under Robbie Power to take the prize by seven lengths from Make A Track.
Raz De Maree was not far away in third, with the trio pulling clear of Bog Warrior and Ted Walsh's Grand National contender Seabass.
Crawford said: "I couldn't say I was expecting to win but I was expecting a good run. We are just trying to get his confidence back and in the last few weeks he's taken a bit more interest at home."
In England, Richard Hughes made a winning return at Kempton on his first British ride of 2014 as the champion jockey got his eye in ahead of the forthcoming Flat season.
The success of of his mount Secret Millionaire will not count towards the title race, which does not start until later in the month, but the 41-year-old is keen to retain match fitness with the Dubai World Cup meeting on the horizon.
With Richard Hannon, trainer of Hughes' main Classic hopes Toormore and Night Of Thunder, not represented, he teamed up with four different trainers on the card and it was Tony Carroll who whisked him straight off the mark.