Irish amateur McNamara 'suffers serious neck injury' in fall
AMATEUR jockey JT McNamara suffered a serious neck injury in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival today.
The Irishman, 37, fell at the first fence while riding Galaxy Rock for trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup this afternoon.
McNamara's uncle, the trainer Andrew McNamara, said: "I've been told that JT is in an induced coma at the moment."
The jockey was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance from the Gloucestershire course.
Medical staff were quickly on hand to treat McNamara after the fall and it was decided to transfer him for further treatment without delay.
Course spokesman Andy Clifton said: "JT McNamara is being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol via air ambulance and continues to undergo assessment."
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, said: "JT has suffered a serious neck injury.
"He is being looked after at the regional spinal unit but as yet he is still waiting for a scan.
"So what we know so far is that he has a neck injury, but we will know far more in the morning when hopefully he will have had his scan."