Rachael Blackmore is in ‘good spirits’ after Grand National-winning jockey had surgery on a fractured ankle and hip injury following nasty fall at Killarney
- Rachael Blackmore has been reported to be in ‘good spirits’ following surgery
- The Grand National hero suffered fractured ankle and hip injury in horror crash
- The 32-year-old crashed to the turf after falling off 10-11 favourite Merry Poppins
Rachael Blackmore was reported to be in ‘good spirits’ on Saturday, after undergoing surgery following a fall at Killarney that saw her suffer a fractured ankle and hip injury.
The 32-year-old crashed to the turf after falling off 11-10 favourite Merry Poppins during a race at Killarney racecourse in Ireland on Friday.
Having steered Baltinglass Hill to a nose victory in the preceding race, the Grand National-winning rider parted company at the fifth obstacle of the Download The BoyleSports App Handicap Hurdle.
Rachael Blackmore is reported to be in ‘good spirits’ after surgery following a horror crash
Rachael Blackmore (circled) suffered a nasty fall while riding Merry Poppins on Friday
Her mount stumbled over a hurdle and fell heavily on the trailblazing jockey, who had to be taken to hospital because of her injuries.
She was attended to on track by medics for almost half an hour before being moved into an ambulance.
In an update on the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Twitter feed, senior medical officer Dr Jennifer Pugh said: ‘Rachael Blackmore sustained a fractured ankle and hip injury following her fall in Killarney on Friday evening.
‘She has had surgery overnight and is in good spirits this morning.’
The 32-year-old’s mount fell heavily on her leg during Friday’s races at Killerney (not pictured)
In March, Blackmore became the first woman to ride the winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, aboard the brilliant mare Honeysuckle, and her six winners at the Festival saw her crowned leading jockey.
The following month her profile reached stratospheric levels after she became the first woman to land the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree aboard Minella Times.
Blackmore had won a race just 35 minutes before her accident, winning by a nose with 8-1 Baltinglass Hill. She was unable to continue racing for the day following the fall.
Blackmore won the Grand National earlier this year and was named top jockey at Cheltenham