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Friday 18 April 2014

McNamara 'positive' despite injury

JT McNamara suffered a serious injury at Cheltenham

JT McNamara is reported to be in a "very positive" frame of mind despite suffering a serious neck injury which resulted in paralysis at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 37-year-old amateur was injured following a fall in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and had to be airlifted to Bristol, where he remains, although plans are to be made for a transfer to Dublin in due course.

A statement issued jointly by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club Senior Medical Officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara family read: "JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind."

The statement continued: "He is greatly appreciative of the many messages, cards and letters received and also wishes to thank the Frenchay Hospital who are looking after him so well."

Speaking about the incident on Sky Sports News, Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said: "It's a risky sport. Safety is important and it continues to be, but it is a risky sport and every jockey knows that. We are looking at safety measures and continue to do so.

"But at the end of the day you're riding a horse at speed and jumping fences at speed so the risk is always there."

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