Jack Kennedy set for up to six weeks off after fracturing leg

Jack Kennedy: leading the Irish jump jockeys' championship

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Kennedy sidelined after fracturing right leg By Peter Scargill 7:13AM 24 SEP 2016

JUMPS jockey title leader Jack Kennedy has fractured his right shin following his second-fence fall at Downpatrick on Friday and is set to spend four to six weeks on the sidelines.

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The 17-year-old from Dingle fell from Shane Billy in the 2m7f handicap chase and was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for x-rays after the fall.

Writing on Twitter, Kennedy said: "Thanks for all the well wishes. I've a fractured fibula so I should be back in no time."

Kennedy is top of the Irish jump jockeys' championship having helped himself to 41 winners already this season, 13 more than his nearest pursuer Davy Russell.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Turf Club's chief medical officer, said: "Jack was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Friday evening for x-rays which revealed that he had fractured his fibula. He left hospital later on Friday.

"I'd imagine he will be out for four to six weeks, but he will be going to see (surgeon) Paddy Kenny in Blanchardstown Hospital on Tuesday and we will know more then."

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