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Teaforthree - Cheltenham 14/03/2012

John Thomas McNamara and Teaforthree (blue) on their way to victory at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival in the four-mile National Hunt Chase

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JT McNamara 'fully alert' and no longer in coma

JOHN THOMAS McNAMARA, the amateur jockey badly injured in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival, is no longer in a medically induced coma and is now in a "fully alert" state.

McNamara, 37, avoided suffering any brain damage and the latest update, issued jointly by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club senior medical officer and Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund on behalf of the McNamara Family, is another step in the right direction for the rider, who still requires help with his breathing.

The statement read: "JT McNamara remains in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He is now fully alert but requires full-time ventilation at present.

"In due course he will be transferred to the National Spinal Unit at The Mater Hospital, Dublin, where he will be closer to his family. His wife Caroline and family very much appreciate everyone's continued good wishes and prayers on JT's behalf."

McNamara, a winner four times at the festival, was hurt when his mount Galaxy Rock fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

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