Irish jockey McNamara may not ride again after injury
A rising Irish jockey may be forced to retire early after undergoing spinal surgery in hospital.
Robbie McNamara suffered serious injuries following a fall at Wexford racecourse last Friday, including eight broken ribs and a number of other fractures, abominable bleeding, a collapsed lung and spinal damage.
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical advisor for the Irish Turf Club, said the jockey would be out of action "for the foreseeable future".
"He's stable and in very good spirits. His other injuries are stabilising so it's a matter of letting him recover." He said the jockey wouldn't announce his future career plans "for some time".
"The next phase is recuperation and he'll take it from there. Usually when you have spinal surgery - and he has multiple injuries - it's less likely that you will ride again. But he'll have to wait and see how things evolve."
Before Saturday's Grand National, trainer Jim Culloty said: "My prayers are with him".