Windermere ride up for grabs after McNamara's Wexford fall
The Grand National mount on last year's Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere is going spare after Robbie McNamara suffered a heavy fall at Wexford yesterday.
McNamara was taken to hospital for X-rays and CT scans after being stretchered into an ambulance following a horrific incident that saw his mount Burlesdon fall and bring two others with it in the opening handicap hurdle. He was described as being "sore from head toe" by the Turf Club's medical officer Jennifer Pugh and he will not be riding today.
He came in for the Lord Windermere ride after Jim Culloty jocked off Davy Russell following a disappointing Gold Cup run; Russell is also sidelined with a broken arm. Dougie Costello, the only other active jockey to have ridden the eight-year-old in a race, is booked for Dolatulo in the National.
Jonathan Burke and Gold Cup winner Nico De Boinville are among those on duty at the track without a National ride, while McNamara's brother Andrew, Katie Walsh, Brian O'Connell and Brian Harding are also available.
Conditional rider Jonathan Moore was reportedly taken to hospital in similar circumstances after a later Wexford fall from My Betty in the beginners' chase.