Jockey McNamara has 'suffered serious neck injury'

Jockey JT McNamara is in an induced coma, suffering "a serious neck injury", after his horse fell at the first hurdle in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Jockey JT McNamara on Galaxy Rock before the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup. Credit: Press Assocation

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, said: "JT has suffered a serious neck injury.

"He is being looked after at the regional spinal unit but as yet he is still waiting for a scan.

"So what we know so far is that he has a neck injury, but we will know far more in the morning when hopefully he will have had his scan."

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