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Critically injured jockey put into coma 'to give brain rest'

DOCTORS will today decide if jockey Peter Toole should be taken out of a medically-induced coma after he sustained serious head injuries at Aintree over the weekend.

The 22 year-old rider from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain after his horse, Classic Fly, fell during the Maghull Novices' Chase on Saturday. He also dislocated a shoulder and is on a ventilator.

The jockey, who has ridden 30 winners this season, was taken to Fazakerley Hospital near Aintree but later transferred to the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Trainer Charlie Mann, to whom Toole is attached, said: "He's in an induced coma and hopefully they'll bring him round tomorrow (Monday).

"He's got bleeding on the right side of his brain and they've put him in the coma to give his brain a rest.

"He'll be kept in it until tomorrow (Monday) at the earliest and then the doctors can take a look. He's in good hands."

The jockey's biggest success this season was aboard the Mann-trained Fine Parchment in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury last month.

Irish Independent