Jockey Ryan Hatch suffers fractures after Cheltenham fall

Ryan Hatch: has not had surgery, according to the Injured Jockeys Fund

PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Hatch suffers fractures
after Cheltenham fall By Jon Lees 6:15PM 10 DEC 2016

JOCKEY Ryan Hatch, who had been due to partner The New One in the Stanjames.com International Hurdle, was said by close friend Sam Twiston-Davies to be in good spirits despite suffering serious injuries in a heavy fall at Cheltenham on Friday.

Hatch was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for assessment after Cogry came down in the feature Grade 3 handicap chase.

The Injured Jockeys Fund issued a statement on Saturday evening, saying: "To clarify, Ryan Hatch remains in Bristol Southmead Hospital, where he is undergoing further examination for his injuries sustained at Cheltenham yesterday. He has not had an operation.

"Our job at the IJF is to provide accurate information on behalf of the jockey and his family in a timely and appropriate fashion. We will relay a further accurate update when there is one."

The rider was visited in hospital on Friday night by Sam and Willy Twiston-Davies, and the former told the Racing Post: "Ryan has fractured both sides of his sternum and he has a fracture in his back. He seems in really good heart."

Twiston-Davies added on Channel 4 Racing: "He was in really good spirits and chatting away. Me, Willy and Tom Bellamy will head down again and see him tonight."

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