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The winner Lac Fontana (Daryl Jacob) after winning the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle

Everyone was gutted for Daryl Jacob after he got injured

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Thoughts with my friends who pay heavy price on biggest stage

CHELTENHAM is over for another year and while I might have got away from the meeting without getting injured I feel really sorry for the lads that are, and I really hope they are okay.

It is such a shame, especially for Daryl Jacob. You're on top of the world one race, then you're down like that in the next. It's just amazing how quickly things can turn.

Falls and injuries are the nature of jumps racing at Cheltenham as it is very competitive. You are just going two gears quicker and sometimes horses are not that quick to react. 

Like everything in life it is hard to see your comrades and friends get injured. I watched Daryl's fall and the horse simply bolted with him towards the rails and plonked him on the tarmac. Everyone is desperately sorry for the guy. 

Daryl is in Gloucester hospital and I hope to get some time to go and see him. Aidan Coleman, Richie McLernon and myself are going to see Bryan Cooper tomorrow.

It's nice to try to see them as they are your friends. I want to make sure I see my friends and do anything I can. At the end of the day it's all very competitive on the track, but they are your friends in the weighing room and that is what matters most.

Bryan is over from Ireland and we want to see him and check he is okay and see if there is anything we can do for him. Nearly all of his friends and family are back home, so you want to be there to help. Myself and Bryan did a photoshoot recently and had a good laugh, so I really feel for him.

I had no winners this week, but as I was walking out of Cheltenham I knew I could not have done any more. I tried 100 per cent on all my rides and learned a lot. I'll try to look at the week as positively as I can and will come back better and stronger next year. I feel I have dealt with the pressure really well and have learned how to deal with disappointment, and hopefully next year I'll come back and win the Champion Hurdle.

I can't help but think The New One was the one that got away. If I could have changed anything this week I would have gone to the right-hand side of Barry [Geraghty on Jezki] instead of the left. 

Everyone saw what happened and how unlucky he was. I was delighted with the horse and how he finished and he's coming home in one piece. He will go for the Aintree Hurdle next and hopefully will get a bit more luck.

Myself, Nick Scholfield, Aidan Coleman and Richie McLernon stayed behind after the last race to miss most of the traffic and got to spend some time together, which was a great way to end the meeting. It might be a year away, but I can't wait for it to start again.

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