Jockey Dunwoody's valuable input to debate on concussion
Former Ulster jockey Richard Dunwoody has made a great contribution to the debate on the effects of concussion on sportsmen and women. The former champion fears he last lost the memory of a year of his life due to concussion sustained in repeated falls during his racing career.
He is also worried that, like his grandfather and father, who were both jockeys, he may develop dementia as a result of the brain traumas. Yet, such is his love of the turf, he says he would not stop his daughter becoming a rider.
Dunwoody brought much joy to race-goers, and we hope that his fears for the future are unfounded and that his health remains robust.