Rachael Blackmore taken to hospital after Grand National hero suffers injuries in HORROR fall at Killarney while riding 11-10 favourite Merry Poppins
Rachael Blackmore has been rushed to hospital after the Grand National hero injured her leg following a horror fall on Friday.
The 32-year-old crashed to the turf after falling off 11-10 favourite Merry Poppins during a race at Killarney racecourse in Ireland on Friday.
Her mount stumbled over a hurdle and fell heavily on the trailblazing jockey, who had to be taken to hospital because of her injuries. Blackmore has made a huge splash over the last 12 months, having won at the Grand National and also being crowned top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival.
Rachael Blackmore (circled) suffered a nasty fall while riding Merry Poppins on Friday
The 32-year-old’s mount fell heavily on her leg during Friday’s races at Killerney (not pictured)
‘Rachael Blackmore is being taken to Tralee Hospital for further assessment on an upper leg injury following a fall in Race 4 at Killarney,’ a statement from Dr Richard Downey, who was at the race track, said. ‘She is fully conscious.’
Racing TV reporter Kevin Ryan said: ‘Rachael has been moved into the ambulance and taken to hospital with an upper leg injury.
‘She is fully conscious and can move everything. She had to be stabilised by the on-course medics before she could be moved.’
Blackmore had won a race just 35 minutes before her accident, winning by a nose with 8-1 Baltinglass Hill. She was unable to continue racing for the day following the fall.
Blackmore won the Grand National earlier this year and was named top jockey at Cheltenham
Racing punters have wished Blackmore a speedy recovery after Friday’s incident, with no update made as to the condition of the horse as of yet.
One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Nasty fall for Rachael Blackmore at Killarney. Hope she is okay.’
Another said: ‘Pretty horrible fall for Merry Poppins and Rachael Blackmore at Killarney, fingers crossed.’
One comment read: ‘Hope she is OK! The high and lows of racing. Sending her well wishes for a speedy recovery.’