Captain Conan ‘touch and go’ after fracturing pelvis

Captain Conan: nine-year-old has won six times from 19 starts

PICTURE: Getty Images Captain Conan suffers fractured pelvis at Ascot By David Baxter 12:13PM 19 DEC 2016

CAPTAIN CONAN is in hospital being treated for a fractured pelvis, with trainer Nicky Henderson admitting the nine-year-old's situation is "touch and go".

A winner of three Grade 1s as a novice chaser, Captain Conan sustained the injury at Ascot on Saturday when pulled up in the handicap chase won by Poker School.

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Henderson tweeted on Monday: "Captain Conan went straight to hospital from Ascot on Saturday and is still there with Simon Knapp who is in charge and is keeping Captain Conan stable.

"He has a fractured pelvis which has caused haemorrhaging but it's going down a bit. It's touch and go but we all love him dearly and everyone is keeping everything crossed that he recovers."

Henderson added that another update on Captain Conan will be made later on Monday.

'A devastating day'

Saturday's meeting at Ascot was also tough for Nicky Richards, as one of the leading lights in his yard, Eduard, suffered a fatal injury in the Silver Cup.

"It was a devastating day," said Richards. "Eddie [Melville, owner] has tried for years to get himself a real top-class horse. He was with my father for years and has been with me right from the start and to finally land one, it was awful for him and all my staff here at Greystoke.

"We bought him as a three-year-old and he was always a big, lovely chasing type, able to mix it with the best around."

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