JT McNamara: suffered a heavy fall from Galaxy Rock in the Kim MuirPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
JT McNamara suffers 'serious neck injury'
LEADING amateur rider JT McNamara has suffered a serious neck injury after a heavy fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.
The 37-year-old was attended to by racecourse doctors and then taken by air ambulance to a spinal unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol in an induced coma.
McNamara was undergoing tests on Thursday evening and Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club chief medical officer, said: "He has a serious neck injury and we're awaiting results of further tests and scans."
As well as four victories at the Cheltenham Festival, McNamara has ridden 602 point-to-point winners.