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Apprentice Jones released from hospital

APPRENTICE Jamie Jones has been released from hospital after suffering two crushed vertebrae and breaking another two when involved in a five-horse pile up at Kempton on July 30.

Jones, 20, who is attached to the Newmarket stable of Mick Quinlan, is now recovering at home with his mother Nancy, and looking forward to rebuilding his career when given the greenlight to return to the saddle.

"There is no problem with Jamie riding again once he is passed by everybody which is absolutely brilliant, and although we don't know how long his recovery will take, he is doing really well and is already raring to get back," said Mrs Jones.

Jones, who underwent a four-hour operation at St George's Hospital in Tooting, is undergoing regular physiotherapy, but to date has not been told he will be required to weara brace.                                                  
Mrs Jones has been overwhelmed by the support the family has received since her son's injury, and said: "I just want to say a big thank you to everybody for helping Jamie and me through this. The Injured Jockeys' Fund, Mr Quinlan, thedoctors at Kempton Park and St George's Hospital have been unbelievable, and the jockeys and trainers have been wonderful.

"Some of the jockeys travelled for six hours to visit Jamie in hospital, and now he is at home they are coming round, picking him up and taking him out for lunch. It is just brilliant."

Mark Coumbe, who fractured his T10 vertebra and also damaged an arm when brought down in the same apprentice handicap, has also left hospital, and is hoping to be fit to return in January.


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