Jockey to remain in hospital for 'foreseeable future' after breaking neck and back in fall

Jockey to remain in hospital for 'foreseeable future' after breaking neck and back in fall

Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Ryan Hatch is to remain in hospital for the "foreseeable future" following his fall at Cheltenham on Friday.

Ryan Hatch pictured in Cheltenham in March.
Ryan Hatch pictured in Cheltenham in March.

Hatch took a tumble from Cogry in the Unicoin Group Handicap Chase and was initially taken to Gloucestershire Royal before being transferred to Bristol Southmead for further assessment.

X-rays have now shown Hatch, attached to Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard, has fractures in his neck and sternum.

A statement issued by the Injured Jockeys Fund said: "Following his fall at Cheltenham Racecourse last Friday, repeat X-rays carried out in Bristol Southmead hospital yesterday have shown that Ryan has suffered fractures of his C6 and C7 at the base of his neck.

"He has also fractured his sternum and has fractures of his T6, which is just below the shoulder blade. He has a spinal haematoma which is shown to be decreasing.

"It is anticipated that Ryan will remain in Southmead hospital for the foreseeable future.

"Any visitors to the hospital should please contact either Ryan or his father John in advance of visiting."

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