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John Thomas McNamara

JT McNamara: stable following surgery on Friday

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JT McNamara stable following surgery

JT McNAMARA is reported to be in a stable condition following surgery on Friday, and remains in an induced coma at Frenchay hospital in Bristol.

Leading amateur rider McNamara fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae following a heavy fall at Cheltenham on Thursday. He was riding Galaxy Rock for Jonjo O'Neill in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase when the nine-year-old fell at the first.

The rider was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in an induced coma.

A statement released by Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick and the Injured Jockeys Fund on Saturday morning read: "We can report that following lengthy surgery yesterday JT McNamara is in a stable condition.

"He remains in an induced coma at Frenchay hospital, Bristol.  No further updates will be released until Tuesday 19th March and the family politely request that the media do not contact Frenchay hospital direct.  They would also like to thank everyone for their kind support and best wishes for JT."

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