Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Toomey 'stable' after Perth fall

Brian Toomey suffered a heavy fall while riding Solway Dandy at Perth

Jockey Brian Toomey is reported to be in a "stable condition" after suffering serious injuries in a heavy fall at Perth on Thursday.

The 3lb claimer was partnering Solway Dandy in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle when the 11-4 favourite came to grief three flights from home. He was taken to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital and a spokesperson for NHS Tayside on Thursday night said Toomey was "suffering from a life-threatening head injury".

A statement released by the Injured Jockeys' Fund on Friday morning read: "Following his fall at Perth racecourse yesterday, jockey Brian Toomey was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He remains in intensive care in a stable condition and his mother and sister are both with him. It is unlikely there will be a further update for 48 hours."

Toomey is attached to the yard of Kevin Ryan in North Yorkshire and is the boyfriend of the trainer's daughter, Amy.