Neck injury rules Walsh out of Galway festival

RUBY WALSH will be forced to sit out the Galway festival and faces several weeks on the sidelines as a result of injuries sustained in a fall at Killarney on Tuesday evening.

Ireland’s champion jump jockey suffered a crushed vertebra and torn ligament in his neck following a first-flight fall from the Michael Hourigan-trained Friendly Society in the Race Club at The Malton Handicap Hurdle.

His sister, and agent, Jennifer said on Wednesday: “Ruby will be out of action until probably the Listowel festival in September. He went to the University Hospital in Cork this morning and they discovered that he had crushed a vertebra in his neck and had also torn a ligament off a vertebra.

“He is out of hospital and has a collar around his neck.”  Walsh had walked away from the fall and initially reported himself “a bit stiff but otherwise fine.”

Walsh has been dogged by injury in the past 18 months. He was sidelined for lengthy spells, first with a badly broken arm sustained in a fall from Celestial Halo at Aintree in April 2010 and subsequently with a broken leg suffered in a fall at Down Royal in November, which kept him out of the saddle until shortly before this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

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