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Joseph O'Brien issues upbeat bulletin on sister Ana after Killarney horror fall

Joseph O'Brien reported his sister Ana in "great form" on Thursday after the fall at Killarney earlier this week that left her with multiple fractures.

O'Brien trained Druids Cross, whom his sister was riding when her mount suffered a fatal fall that threw the 21-year-old to the ground.

She was airlifted to Cork University Hospital, where examinations revealed she had fractured the CI vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back, as well as fractured cheek bones bilaterally.

"She's in great form, thank God, and has been very, very lucky. Everyone that helped her here - the Order Of Malta and the doctors - you can't articulate your gratitude enough," said the former champion jockey.

"My television was broken, but I was listening to the race and knew fairly quickly that it was a bad fall so jumped in the car and headed for Killarney as hard as I could, but obviously met them in Cork and she's just very lucky."

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