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Carberry frets on fitness for Monbeg ride in National

A number of jockeys, including Paul Carberry, face an anxious wait to see if they will be passed fit to ride in today's Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

Carberry, who is due to partner leading fancy Monbeg Dude in today's feature, was one of four riders to come unstuck in the Topham Chase, which is also run over the National fences.

He was taken to hospital for further assessment on what was thought to be a pelvic injury.

Monbeg Dude's trainer, Michael Scudamore, said: "The last I heard he was going for an X-ray on his pelvis and we obviously won't really know where we are until we hear the results of that.

"My Dad actually saw him as he was leaving the course and said he was quite happy and bright, so we'll just have to wait and see.

"Fingers crossed he'll be okay."

Mikey Fogarty, who is scheduled to ride Vesper Bell in the National, was also taken to hospital after parting company with the Willie Mullins-trained Bishopsfurze. Andrew Tinkler and Noel Fehily also came to grief in the race and both will have to be passed fit by the racecourse doctor today if they are to take their National rides on Hunt Ball and Rocky Creek respectively.

Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: "Paul has gone for precautionary X-rays on his pelvis and Mikey has gone straight to hospital.

"Noel Fehily and Andrew Tinkler have been stood down for the day and will have to pass the medical officer tomorrow.

"They should be fine, they both hope to be okay. And Paul hopes to be okay as well."

Seán Quinlan was another to be hurt on the day when parting company with Party Rock in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.

After being treated on the track he was taken to hospital but was later discharged.


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