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Murtagh injured

There was a nasty incident in the Oriel Handicap, the last race at Dundalk yesterday, when Johnny Murtagh's mount Hurricane Alley fell and brought down Queen Althea.

Top jockey Murtagh was attended to immediately on the track and paramedics applied a neck-brace before placing him on a stretcher.

“He's conscious. They put him in a neck-brace as a precaution and he was complaining about being sore on his left side,” said Murtagh's agent Eddie Byrne.

Murtagh was later reported to have been mobile, with his injuries not as bad as first feared.

The race was won by the Ger Lyons-trained Royal Entourage.

Earlier Murtagh steered Aidan O'Brien's 5-1 newcomer Fencing Master to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

O'Brien and Murtagh doubled up in the Fairways Hotel Race & Stay Package Handicap with Man Of Iron who led home a stable one-two-three. Crowfoot and Chief Lone Eagle took the minor honours.

Clonmel’s meeting scheduled for today will have to pass an 8.30am inspection as wet weather threatens the seven-race card which is due to start at 4.25pm.

Trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen were out of luck at Longchamp yesterday as Famous Name had to settle for the runner-up berth behind Aqlaam in the Group One Prix du Moulin.

Kieren Fallon could finish only third on Youmzain in the Grosser Preis Von Baden as Getaway ran out a ready winner at Baden-Baden in Germany yesterday.

Fallon did manage to ride his first winner since his Friday comeback when partnering Our Kes to victory in a modest mile and a half handicap at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

Sea The Stars’ next target could now be the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 4 following his fifth consecutive Group 1 win in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The two and a half length victory over Fame And Glory stretched the colt's unbeaten record to seven starts.

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