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Injured jockey flown home to recover near family

Peter Toole: now conscious

A JOCKEY who was seriously injured in a fall at Aintree last month was flown to an Irish hospital yesterday.

Peter Toole (22), from Ratoath, Co Meath, suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain after 100-1 shot Classic Fly went down at the first fence during the Maghull Novices' Chase on Grand National Day, just a few hours before the main race.

Toole was taken to Fazakerley Hospital, near Aintree in Liverpool, where he was placed on a ventilator. He was later transferred to the neighbouring Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The jockey finally opened his eyes last week and is now conscious and off all ventilation.

However, he still can't speak and has no sensation in his right hand. He was flown to Ireland by air ambulance and was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin to be nearer his family.

His mother and father, James and Fidelma, have been maintaining a bedside vigil since the accident. Speaking earlier this week, James Toole said: "He is making progress, but everything happens very, very slowly."

Trainer Charlie Mann, whose yard Toole is attached to in the UK, said all signs pointed to an improvement.

He said: "I visited him on Sunday and thankfully he was awake and conscious and is improving all the time."

Irish Independent