Condon gets go-ahead for mid-December return

Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Davy Condon, who fractured three vertebrae in the middle of his back in a fall at Cork in August, has been given the green light to return to the saddle from the middle of this month.

Condon gets go-ahead for mid-December return

Condon (pictured), who won the Fred Winter on Flaxen Flare at Cheltenham last year, was hurt when the horse fell in a two-mile hurdle at Cork in August and had been expected to sit out the rest of 2014, but was given the go-ahead to return in mid-December.

The news will be a huge relief to the jockey, who was fitted with a brace following the injury.

“This is great news for Davy,” Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said yesterday. “He was given the all-clear today from his neurologist, Dr Brian Murray, who is happy Davy is ready to return in the middle of this month.

“He has had further scans of his neck and his brain and they came back clear. Davy had a very rare thing, spinal concussion, and it could have been worse.”

Condon’s tally of 37 winners last season was his best and he has been riding mainly for Gordon Elliott in recent years, notching 12 winners before his fall this term.

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