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Dobbs facing fortnight on the sidelines

PAT DOBBS is facing up to a fortnight on the sidelines after learning he had been riding with two fractured ribs since the Chester pile-up ten days ago in which Seb Sanders suffered a broken leg.

Dobbs was given the news having complained of discomfort when dismounting from Elnawin after winning the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton on Saturday for what was his second success following the fall.

The injury was revealed when Dobbs took the racecourse doctor's advice and went to Salisbury Hospital for an x-ray.

Dobbs, said: "I expect to be off for something like ten days to two weeks. I felt in a bit of pain after getting off Elnawin and gave up my remaining riding at the meeting and went to get x-rayed. It showed I had fractured two ribs."

Dobbs, whose mount Sir Duke sparked the Chester drama by falling, added: "At the time Ithought if I had done anything it was my ankle, and my achilles tendons were very sore after the race, but that was OK."


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