Davy Condon: called time on his riding careerPICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Grand National injury forces Condon to quit
DAVY CONDON has been forced to retire from racing after the spinal injury he suffered in the Grand National this month proved more serious than first thought.
The jockey was told by consultant neurologist Dr Brian Murray that he could never ride a horse again as the risk of permanent paralysis is too high.
Condon said: "I was kind of half expecting it. I was hoping that I might still be able to ride out, but he told me I can't even exercise horses, that it's too dangerous."
This latest injury is on top of a spinal concussion and broken vertebrae Condon sustained in a fall at Cork last August.
The 30-year-old, whose biggest successes include Cheltenham Festival victories on Ebaziyan and Flaxen Flare, will now meet with a neurosurgeon to discuss whether he will have an operation to repair the lesion on the disc between the C3 and C4 vertebrae in his neck.