The family of John Thomas McNamara yesterday released a brief bulletin on the former amateur jockey who suffered serious injuries at last year's Cheltenham Festival.
"John Thomas McNamara continues his rehabilitation at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Southport.
"He is very conscious that many people are thinking of him with Cheltenham approaching.
"John Thomas, his wife Caroline and their extended families are extremely grateful for your ongoing support, prayers and generosity during the past year. He is in excellent spirits and looking forward to watching the Festival."
The statement was issued on behalf of JT McNamara, his wife Caroline and Dr Adrian McGoldrick, who is the senior medical officer with the Turf Club.
John Thomas, who rode four Festival winners, suffered serious injuries in a fall from the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Galaxy Rock in the Kim Muir at last year's Cheltenham Festival.
TENT GIVEN GREEN LIGHT AFTER SCARE
My Tent Or Yours remains on course to be one of three JP McManus-owned horses in Tuesday's Stan James Champion Hurdle after pleasing his trainer Nicky Henderson yesterday.
The 5/1 shot for the opening day feature had given connections a scare earlier in the week when sustaining a cut on the sole of his foot but the trainer said: "He's 100-per-cent fine and he cantered this morning. He'll work again tomorrow."
On Wednesday, JP McManus forked out the supplementary fee for 13-year-old Captain Cee Bee to run in the race alongside the Jessica Harrington-trained trio as the leading owner bids to win the Champion Hurdle again and for the first time since Binocular.