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Jockey Young is critical after fall in States

 

By Ron McKnight

Paddy Young - a son of the late County Antrim trainer, Leo Young - is in a critical but stable condition in hospital in America following a fall in a timber race last weekend.

Young, a five times US Champion jump jockey, sustained the injuries wile riding in the Radmor Hunt Cup in Pennsylvania and reports detail he suffered trauma in the fall after being kicked on the head by another runner.

Young had bleeding on the brain and had to have a piece of his skull removed, he also suffered a fracture of the C-7 vertebra in his back.

Paddy's wife Leslie, who is also a trainer, praised the Tony McCoy-designed helmet for preventing more extensive injury and said: "I'm glad he had that new helmet on."

The 41-year-old is based in Pennsylvania and has ridden almost 200 winners since moving to America in 2003 after spending time with Henrietta Knight and Nicky Henderson in Britain.

He also won the Colonial Cup in 2010 on Slip Away and has topped the American steeplechase rankings from 2009-11 and in 2013 and 2015.

Leslie said: "When you walk in, it's a shock, it's like he's on life support but it's just because of the sedation, they'll turn it down, do some stimulation tests, say 'OK great,' and then put him back on it.

"The doctors are hopeful for a full recovery but it's going to take some time.

"The doctors said boring is good. They said it could be four to six days before they take him off the breathing tube.

"With the skull, it will be three or four months of wearing headgear before they put it back on.

"When people have this kind of injury, they don't remember.

"People like Paddy come out fighting.

"He can move his arms and his legs and he has had his eyes open. They had to restrain him.

"I don't think he probably knows what happened.

"He's trying to rip out his breathing tube.

"They've kept him sedated. I was calling it an induced coma - but it's not - it's just that he's heavily sedated. They seem hopeful barring any infection or something else.

"As of now they're not stressing me out too much."

Paddy's brother Jeremy was a former Assistant trainer to British Champion trainer Paul Nicholls prior to marrying Nicholls' ex-wife Bridget and the pair setting up their own training operation in Somerset.

Leslie added: "He would always look at the jockeys' list and say, 'I want to get to 200 winners,' That's just Paddy. That's what he likes to do."

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