Toole woken from induced coma

JOCKEY Peter Toole was woken from an induced coma on Monday night as he continues to recover from serious injury in hospital.

The 22-year-old Irish jockey suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain when 100-1 shot Classic Fly fell at the first fence during the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Saturday.

Toole was taken to Fazakerley Hospital but was later transferred to Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Toole is attached to Charlie Mann’s yard in Lambourn and the trainer said yesterday morning: “His CT scan came back negative, which is good news. His body is OK and he woke up last night from the induced coma and he was moving his legs.

“They then put him back under in the night and he should be coming out of that again this morning.

“Everything is as good as it can be at this stage. They’ll do some tests on him when he has woken up.”

* Amateur jockey Richard Hawkins was being kept in intensive care last night following a heavy fall in the opening race at Taunton earlier in the day.

Hawkins was knocked out in the incident and was treated at the scene for more than 15 minutes.

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