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Ulster jockey 'heartbroken' after he breaks leg again

By Ron McKnight

Ulster jockey Chris Meehan admitted he was "heartbroken" after breaking his leg again, this time in a trampoline accident. The conditional rider from County Down hit the headlines in July when the ambulance sent to treat him - after a fall at Merano racecourse in Italy - reversed over his leg.

The 22-year-old was knocked unconscious in the fall and needed 27 stitches to a gash along his jaw, but those injuries paled into insignificance when the ambulance's manoeuvre broke his leg.

The rider - whose father has worked in the ambulance service in Northern Ireland for 30 years - has spent the summer recovering from those injuries and was aiming to return to action on the Flat, spending the last few weeks riding out again.

However, a misstep on a trampoline being used as part of his training regime has seen Meehan break his leg again, with surgery now being required.

He said: "I was just doing a bit of circuit fitness work and landed on the wrong leg and it snapped in exactly the same place as before.

"When I got out of the cast two months ago, they (doctors) told me if I break my leg again it would be a straight operation.

"I'm going on Thursday morning to have X-rays and to get my cast changed over, so I'll know a lot more then.

"I'm absolutely gutted - heartbroken, to be fair."

There was better luck yesterday for another Ulster jockey.

Brian Hughes rode four successive winners at Sedgefield at odds of almost 150-1.

The Armagh rider won on board Waiting Patiently, Discoverie, Stilo Blue Native and Nortonthorpelegend.

Derrylin trainer David Christie claimed the finale at Wexford yesterday when Maple Mons won the hunter chase with Richie Deegan aboard.

The Fermanagh handler earlier this year collected his fourth Northern Region Champion Point to Point Award with yesterday's winner contributing five victories to his tally of 16.

Christie said: "She is some mare. It's her last season and we wanted to win on the racetrack.

"She would much prefer quick ground, but as she has got older she has learned to handle that ground.

"She might run in a mares open at Lisronagh in 10 days' time. She won there last year.

"We will leave her off then until the new year."

HEREFORD: 12.40 Bradford Bridge, 1.10 Doesyourdogbite, 1.40 NO HASSLE HOFF (NAP), 2.15 Lord Landen, 2.45 Midnight Tour, 3.20 Viking Mistress, 3.50 Scooby.

KEMPTON: 4.25 Stone The Crows, 4.55 Summersault, 5.25 Kings Academy, 5.55 Al Reeh, 6.25 More Beau, 6.55 Crimean Tatar, 7.25 Related, 7.55 Lutine Charlie.

WETHERBY: 12.20 Eager To Know, 12.50 Catching Shadows, 1.20 Zeroeshadesofgrey, 1.55 Pongo Twistleton, 2.25 Rathlin, 3.00 Cooking Fat, 3.30 Goodgirlteresa.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 12.30 Lawfilly, 1.00 Halinka, 1.30 Zumurudee, 2.05 X Rated, 2.35 Princess Nia, 3.10 Sunscape, 3.40 Nonios, 4.10 Cruise Tothelimit.

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