Abbyssial falls with Ruby Walsh during the JCB Triumph HurdlePICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Cheltenham Festival: Injured Walsh out for three months after fall
RUBY WALSH looks set to miss up to three months after suffering a serious arm injury in the first race at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day.
Ireland's champion jockey was taken to hospital in Gloucester after walking away from a fall from Abbyssial in front of the stands grimacing and clutching his right arm. It was reported that he had sustained a compound fracture of the humerus.
His father, Ted Walsh, said: "He has an injury high on his right arm. He has been taken to hospital."
Confirming the injury, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer of the Turf Club, said he expects Walsh to miss the next three months.
Before his fall, Walsh had been the leading jockey at this year's Cheltenham Festival with three wins in the previous three days.
Among the rides he missed were Briar Hill, red-hot favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, and On His Own in the Gold Cup.
Daryl Jacob was stretchered from the course after a bizarre incident when his mount in the Albert Bartlett, Port Melon, crashed into the running rail. Jacob was thrown off and hit a camera crew.
He was complaining of leg pain as he was taken to hospital for further assessment.
Paul Townend was also injured when Adriana Des Mottes was brought down in the opening JCB Triumph Hurdle. His injury meant plans for him to replace Walsh on Briar Hill and On His Own had to be revised, with David Casey taking over.