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Thursday 14 December 2017

Mark Enright faces three months out after fall

Mark Enright
Mark Enright

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Last season's champion conditional jockey Mark Enright could be sidelined for up to three months after fracturing three vertebrae in a fall at Kilbeggan last Friday.

Enright was taken to Tullamore Hospital after the Andy Oliver-trained Jabus took a heavy fall when leading three out in the three-mile handicap hurdle.

Turf Club doctor Adrian McGoldrick said: "Mark has a stable fracture of his T2, T3 and T4 vertebrae. He doesn't require surgery but will be in a brace for about 10 to 12 weeks.

"All going well, he should be able to ride a few weeks after that following some physiotherapy.

"He may get home this evening or else tomorrow from Tullamore – when you see the fall it could have been a lot worse."

On the other side of the Irish Sea, Limerick jockey Brian Toomey "continues to make progress" from serious head injuries suffered in a fall at Perth on July 4. The 24-year-old was hurt when Solway Dandy fell heavily three out in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.

He remains in the high dependency unit of Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, where he underwent an operation to reduce swelling on his brain on July 7.

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said in a statement yesterday: "Brian's mother Marian told us this afternoon that Brian continues to make progress.

"Marian says Brian is able to move all four limbs and is no longer reliant on a respirator but his breathing is being assisted by a tracheotomy.

"Although no longer in a coma he does get very tired and needs lots of rest."

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