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Thornton 'stable' after injuring back in Leicester fall

Robert Thornton is in a "stable" condition after suffering a terrible fall at Leicester yesterday.

The 31-year-old jockey was riding Cracboumwiz for his boss, Alan King, in the Dick Christian Novices' Chase when he sustained a suspected back injury.

Cracboumwiz appeared to be getting the better of 2/5 market leader The Polomoche, but Thornton came down in dramatic fashion at the third-last fence. Thornton, one of the leading National Hunt jockeys across the water, initially tried to get to his feet, but was taken into an ambulance on a stretcher before being shipped to Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital.


He will remain in hospital overnight for further observation.

A hospital spokesperson said: "At the moment he is in our emergency department and is stable and awaiting x-rays."

Meally Thornton, the jockey's wife, is hopeful her husband's injuries are not too severe.

She said last night: "I'm heading there (Leicester Royal Infirmary) now and they are waiting for the x-ray results.

"He's going to be kept in hospital overnight but I don't think it's really serious.

"(Fellow jockey) Andrew Tinkler has been in to see him and he (Thornton) is strapped onto a back-board.

"I think it's a back injury, but the people at the hospital have been unable to tell me anything."

Leicester clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said of the incident: "He (Thornton) was put on a spinal board before being put in the ambulance and all the doctor told me was that it was a suspected back injury.

"He'll have all the tests done at the hospital and he's in good hands."