Meyler escapes serious injury after Listowel fall

Galway Plate-winning jockey Donagh Meyler appears to have escaped serious injury following a fall at Listowel on Friday.

The 5lb claimer was unshipped from the John Ryan-trained Draycott Place at the second-last fence in the in the Southampton Goodwill Chase when coming to challenge stablemate Kylecrue, who went on to secure victory.

Meyler was taken to hospital for X-rays with a suspected hairline fracture to his right shin, but the Turf Club's senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick was pleased to provide a more positive update on his condition on Saturday morning.

He said: "I've spoken to Donagh this morning and thankfully it's just ligament damage and there's no fracture.

"It's very good news. I'm not sure how long he'll be out for, maybe a week or two."

Myler's mishap left Kylecrue (2-1), ridden by Danny Mullins, to go on and land the spoils by four lengths from Pumbaa with disappointing favourite The Game Changer 32 lengths away in third.

Kylecrue was winning for the second time at the seven-day Harvest Festival meeting, having struck on day one.

Ryan had wanted Kylecrue to run in the week's main event, the Kerry National, but he just missed the cut.

"I think he'd have been a real player in the Kerry National on Wednesday, but unfortunately he missed the cut by one," said the Co Tipperary trainer.

"It's a good consolation to get a win here and to win twice in the week is great.

"He might go for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham's Open meeting next if he gets into it."

Ryan also has a target in mind for the unfortunate Draycott Place.

He said: "Draycott Place is a lovely horse but had been out of form all year. He had his palate done and it's only now he's blooming. He'll go to Sligo for a 0-130 chase next."

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