Tuesday 19 November 2019

My neck is in a mess - Condon

David Condon
David Condon

Davy Condon accepts he will "be out for a long time" as the jockey must undergo surgery on neck injuries he sustained from a fall in the Crabbie's Grand National.

Condon laid prostrate on the ground for 10 minutes after parting company with Portrait King at the third-last, when still in with a chance at Aintree.

The rider suffered spinal concussion last summer and the same thing happened again on Merseyside.

"People seem to think that I was unconscious, but it was the very same as what happened at Cork in August," Condon told the Irish Independent.

"I was lying on the ground and I couldn't move.

"When I saw the neurologist the last time, he said, 'It's there, but you can ride on with it, but I'm not going to tell you that you won't get another spinal concussion, because you might with the job that you're doing'.

"So I had the option of surgery but I didn't take it, because I wanted to get back quickly to ride Bayan at Ascot.

"I thought it would be fine - it's not going to do me any harm. Obviously now I am going to have to get it sorted so I will be out for a long time.

"I suppose I didn't take it seriously enough the first time, but when it has happened again it is frightening.

"My neck is in a mess. The doctor at Aintree said I shouldn't ride again until I have the surgery and they have established how much damage is inside the neck.

"I certainly won't be rushing back in three months' time to ride at Galway or anything like that.

"It's not something that frustrates me. I was able to walk out of hospital.

"When you see the situation Robbie McNamara is in now, I actually don't care.

"I'm lucky. I can be fixed. I can walk. I don't feel upset for myself - I am quite happy with my lot."

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