Hatch: ‘No good moping around’

Ryan Hatch is determined to remain upbeat as he remains in hospital suffering from the effects of a heavy fall last weekend that has left him with a broken bone in his neck and a fractured sternum and vertebra.

Ryan Hatch riding Blaklion to victory at last season's Cheltenham Festival.

The jockey was riding Cogry for Nigel Twiston-Davies when his mount fell heavily, after which he was taken to hospital locally before moving to Southmead in Bristol, where he has remained since.

Scans on Monday and Tuesday revealed the extent of his injuries.

"I've done one of the bones in my neck and one of my vertebrae, in between my shoulderblades – T6. I've fractured my sternum and got a haematoma on my spinal cord which is causing the most trouble at the minute really," he told the Get In programme on At The Races on Friday night.

"It's not ideal. I've been laid on my back for the last week and I will be for quite a few more weeks, which is quite annoying, but it's got to be done unfortunately."

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Doctors are waiting to see how his injuries progress before deciding whether to operate, Hatch confirmed.

"It's very up in the air at the minute. We've just got to wait for this haematoma to completely disappear and take it from there really – by the time it's gone this vertebra might have fixed itself and there might be no need to operate, so we'll play it by ear," he said.

"It might be a case of saying that once the haematoma has gone, the spine is in good enough shape to heal itself within a few weeks, or it might need a bit of help and they might stick a few rods in it, but until the haematoma has gone, they're just going to leave it.

"These things happen in jumps racing and you've just got to get on with it – there's no good moping around.

"I've had loads of support. It's quite handy being in a hospital in Bristol which is on the M5 going to all of the southern tracks and the lads are popping in after racing which is really nice. It's great to see everybody."

While in hospital, Hatch was able to watch The New One win the International Hurdle under Richard Johnson and he admitted to having some "mixed emotions" at seeing the horse he would have ridden return to something like his best form in a prestigious contest.

"He looked good anyway," said Hatch. "It was a really good ride and he looked as great as ever. It was great for the team and great for Nigel – it's probably his favourite horse and he gets a lot of flak for it, but they've done a good job with him."

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