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John Thomas McNamara

JT McNamara: suffered a heavy fall from Galaxy Rock in the Kim Muir

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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.

 
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