Paralysed jockey still has a bright future, says Ruby

I am in no way downbeat when it comes to John Thomas McNamara’s future.

Paralysed jockey still has a bright future, says Ruby

We have all read the reports about his diagnosis of paralysis, but it is far too early to be drawing any firm conclusions.

None of us are under any illusions. John Thomas faces an uphill battle, but he is a resolute and determined character who has the courage to face this.

With this type of injury, it can take anything up to 18 months before you can finally conclude there is no more to be done.

I am greatly encouraged following the recent injury sustained by young amateur John Joe Bright in a point-to-point in the North.

He looked to be in serious trouble but shook hands the other day with the Turf Club medical officer Adrian McGoldrick.

John Thomas is lucky in that he has great people around him.

His wife, Caroline, is a terrific woman. She is strong and has been by his side since he got injured.

For us jockeys, it has been a terrible time, to see one of our own suffering in such a manner.

The fear of being badly injured, or worse, is always with us, but we just put it to the back of our minds.

I guarantee John Thomas will want for nothing. If the racing community has to beg, borrow or steal, he will be provided with everything required.

I soldiered with him at Enda Bolger’s and, trust me, he is one hardy individual. If I know John Thomas, and I do, he will not be throwing in the towel any time soon.

This man continues to have a proper and bright future and I, for one, remain more than optimistic.

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