Post the serious Cheltenham fall, Ruby Walsh is in a doubtful mode for 2014 Aintree Grand National. The leading jockey had an unfortunate experience at the recent Cheltenham Festival and had to withdraw himself prematurely from the esteemed chase given a painful compound fracture at right arm.
The 34-year-old Irish jockey was riding Abbyssial and he felt mid-way whist racing through Triumph JCB Hurdle & ended up being hit by mighty Adriana Mottes.
Walsh needs time to recover
Walsh was rushed to the hospital immediately given the severity of the situation. As per the clinical reports, Ruby would take some time to recover –the Irish man is most unlikely to bounce back soon and with Grand National 2014 right at the corner it’s only natural that he would unable to chase the prestigious event this time. The upcoming Aintree Grand National starts on April 5, 2014.
With such an elite jockey unavailable for this season, the 2014 Grand National is sure to miss out on much of its power quotient. Reigning as the head jockey in last 6 years of Cheltenham Festival, Walsh had secured as many as 41 wins.
According to Walsh’s latest medical reports, the jockey has fractured the right humerus & has been sent to Gloucester for the surgical procedures.
The Irish jockey was supposed to ride on 3 more horse racers on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival, including the famous On Hs Own for Gold Cup. Paul Townend, the replacement jockey also sustained injury on his shoulder. It was David Casey who was passed on the baton to ride Briar Hill for Albert Bartlett Hurdle & On His Own for Gold Cup.
Jacob suffered broken bones
Ruby Walsh wasn’t the only elite jockey to sustain bad injury ahead of the most awaited Grand National 2014. Another high profile name to join the roster of missing jockeys from the April extravaganza is Daryl Jacob who has suffered 3 broken bones from a bad freak accident.
Jacob’s accident even postponed the GMT 14:40 Novices’ Hurdle chase by around 15 minutes- Daryl was about to ride on Port Melon but was straightaway launched off the horse as the racer galloped to start, badly falling behind the course railings.
The jockey was immediately taken up to the ambulance on stretcher as he was unable to move post a prolonged on-course treatment. The medical reports revealed fracture at knee, elbow and leg.
Melon’s trainer Paul Nicholls was naturally terrified with Jacob’s accident. Summing up the incident as “horrifying” Nicholls confirmed the news of 3 painful fractures sustained by Daryl.
However, Jacob’s racer did not seem to sustain any serious injury post the accident.
Jacob’s injury obviously delayed later races- it was Tammys Hill rode by JJ Smyth who came up as victorious in CGA Foxhunter championship
Chris Timmons replaced
In the meantime, jockey Timmons (Chris) had to face a replacement by Buchanan (Peter) in the inaugural Achtung racing event. Timmons had to step down following a failed breath test.