Irish camera man injured at Cheltenham

An Irish photographer was last night recovering after suffering a broken ankle in a freak accident during yesterday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Patrick McCann was brought to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital after suffering a serious fracture in a nasty spill, as French challenger and favourite Toutancarmont went left and took out Quantitativeeasing, both crashing through the rails. Quantitativeeasing in turn collided into Racing Post photographer McCann.

A Cheltenham spokeswoman said: “We’ll review it, but we work to BHA general instructions, provided as part of the rules and regulations, and ensure every photographer coming on sight has a public liability of £1,000,000-plus to help us with incidents like this. The general consensus is this is one of those slightly freak accidents.”

“Having looked at the images, the horse didn’t go over him, he brushed past him rather than trampled over him. The horses just moved to their left as they were jumping, Patrick was in that position off the rail, where we’d expect him to be. They did violently move to the left and Patrick felt the consequence.”

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