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Harley recovering but fall could have been 'worse'

Martin Harley was discharged from hospital yesterday after his horror fall at Lingfield earlier this week.

Harley, who rides as stable jockey to Marco Botti, suffered neck and rib injuries when ill-fated Red Art clipped the heels of horses in front of him on Wednesday.

Harley's agent Neil Allan said: "I've spoken to Martin and he's being discharged later today, which is good news. He'll need to rest up a little so there's no timescale on his return yet.

"He'll be wearing a neck collar for a few weeks, but it could have been so much worse.

"I went straight to Redhill Hospital after it happened because it looked so serious.

"Martin would like to thank all the medical staff who treated him, they were great.

"It's heartbreaking timing, right on the start of the Flat season, but as I told him it's not like jumps racing which only looks forward to Cheltenham – he has Ascot, Epsom and Goodwood to look forward to and now he's with Marco he's got all sorts to look forward to when he gets back."

Meanwhile, Joe Tizzard has announced his retirement.

The Grade One-winning rider, famed in recent seasons for his association with the top-class Cue Card, was scheduled to have two rides at Newbury yesterday.


The 34-year-old's last four Grade One wins all came via his father Colin's best ever horse, with Cue Card announcing his arrival on the big stage in the 2010 Champion Bumper.

Tizzard senior said: "He just decided this morning that he was going to stop.

"We've got a lot of horses in and that's his future. Everyone has been waiting for it for a long time and when you start thinking about stopping, you've just got to stop.

"If Cue Card had been going to Aintree I'm sure he wouldn't have stopped now, but he has. It's great he has finished in one piece."

Tizzard made his name as a young jockey for Paul Nicholls.

He won the Arkle in 1999, followed up at Aintree and won the Tingle Creek the following season.

Tony McCoy said: "He'll be sorely missed, he's had a very successful career."