Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 24 February 2018

Lawlor in 'good shape'

THERE was good news over the weekend concerning young Kildare rider Francis Lawlor, who was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with serious head injuries following a fall at Down Royal on Friday night.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club medical officer, said: "He is still very groggy but he is in good shape. He will be in hospital for a further three or four days but there is no brain damage. We have a real miracle on our hands."

The 19-year-old claimer from Ballitore in Co Kildare suffered a heavy fall when Hammer It Home crashed out at the third last in the Data Select Handicap Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Jim Bolger recorded a double at Navan on Saturday, initiated by Queen Andromache's impressive victory in EBF Fillies Maiden.

Atyaab appeared to be the main threat, but her run flattened out close home and it was Kevin Manning and Bolger's 12/1 shot who flashed home late to register a two-length success.

Bolger completed his brace when 1/2 hot favourite Carraiglawn also made a big impression by getting off the mark in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Irish Independent

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