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Dowson out for six weeks following Sedgefield fall

Tommy Dowson: surgery at Darlington Hospital
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Conditional jockey Tommy Dowson faces around six weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his collarbone at Sedgefield on Friday.

Dowson, who has had ten winners this season, was hurt when suffering a final-fence fall on Vodka Red. He was due to undergo surgery in Darlington Hospital on Saturday.

Agent Bruce Jeffrey said: "Hopefully this won't prove too serious, although the collarbone is broken right through. He's in good spirits and the hope is that as a young man who heals quickly he'll be back in action in six weeks."


Elliott pays tribute following death of John Lynch  

Gordon Elliott has paid tribute to Five Star Bloodstock director John Lynch, who died suddenly at the age of 63 on Friday, describing him as a gentleman who played a big part in the early stages of the trainer's career in racing. 

The news of Lynch's death was greeted with widespread shock in the racing world as he was a very popular figure, and Elliott was one of the first to pay tribute, tweeting: "Very sad news to hear that my good friend John Lynch of Five Star Bloodstock has passed away suddenly. We've been friends for 20 years, a great man to give advice and abuse! He will be badly missed by all his family, friends and customers. May he rest in peace #jj gloves lynch."

Elliott added: "John was an absolute gentleman who was a very good friend of mine. He was a great character and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. When I was 14 or 15 and starting out in the game he was a big help to me and a massive influence."

Tom Malone Bloodstock tweeted: "Got the most upsetting news today. John Lynch of Five Star Transport, the most regular face at all sales complexes throughout England and Ireland passed away suddenly this morning at his home. Spent some great nights out with him and was always good for a story and a laugh. RIP pal."

Camilla Sharples from the Elliott stable also tweeted: "He has helped me out immensely since my move to Ireland. An absolute gentleman, hero and class act."

Lynch, from Oldcastle, County Meath, leaves a partner Lena, and children John, Karen, Ailish, Daniella, Sita, Meagan and Charlotta.

The funeral mass is on Tuesday at 11am at St Brigid's Church, Oldcastle, followed by private cremation. 


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He's in good spirits and the hope is that as a young man who heals quickly he'll be back in action in six weeks

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