After more than a month of treatment at Bristol’s Frenchay hospital, Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara was moved to Dublin yesterday to continue his recovery. McNamara suffered major injuries when he fell from Galaxy Rock at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month.
Last night Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club Senior Medical Officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund, issued a statement on behalf of the McNamara family read: "We are pleased to announce that JT McNamara has arrived at the National Spinal Unit, Mater Hospital, Dublin following his transfer from Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. We wish to express sincere thanks to all the personnel involved in his safe transfer. We will forever be indebted to the staff at Frenchay Hospital for the fantastic care he has received there since his injury. John Thomas is looking forward to the next phase of his treatment and rehabilitation in Ireland. We thank everyone for their on-going support and prayers and ask people please to continue to respect our privacy."
McNamara was desperate to get home after his fall, but it was too dangerous to move him until now after he was paralysed in the fall.
Meanwhile, Tony McCoy is not on the move and looks likely to be out of action for longer than the few days he had expected. McCoy took a fall from Quantitativeeasing last Thursday, again at Cheltenham. He was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary where he was found to have fractured some ribs. The jockey had expected to be out of hospital over the weekend and riding at Punchestown this week, but his close friend, trainer Jonjo O’Neill said yesterday, “I have been tweeting him and he is going to be staying in for a few more days. He is still pretty sore but I’m not sure of the full extent of his injuries. I know his ribs are sore and suppose that it will be a few weeks until he is back.”
The big meeting at Ayr claimed a couple of notable victims, with Tom Scudamore describing himself as “groggy” after Problema Tic dumped him in the Scottish National, leaving him with concussion. He has to wait for Dr Michael Turner, chief medical adviser for the British Horseracing Authority to assess his condition today, but Scudamore already has an idea of when he expects to be back. He said, “In an ideal world I’ll be back by the weekend, but it could be the middle of the week after. I feel a bit groggy, but after a couple of nights’ sleep I’ll be fine. I remember approaching the fence and falling, then it’s a bit hazy. Fortunately I’m OK.”
Not so Timmy Murphy, whose season looks to be over after Ifandbutwhynot fell at the final hurdle in the Scottish Champion Hurdle left him with two broken bones in his right hand. Murphy was far from groggy, as his wife explained after he returned to their home near Northleach. “He was more stressed out about missing his rides (including on National favourite Rival D’estruval) than the injury. He’s back home now, but he’s no good at keeping still, so the lawnmower is going to take a hammering.”