H&H racing columnist Choc Thornton is set for a spell on the sidelines after breaking his arm.

Choc broke his right arm yesterday (Sunday 11 December) after falling from Western Whisky during a handicap chase at Hereford racecourse.

“They say I won’t be able to do anything for three months. Put it like this, I’m aiming to be back in six weeks,” an optimistic Choc told H&H.

“And at least I’ll be able to spend some more time with my little boy over Christmas”.

He was taken to Hereford hospital but they were unable to operate, so today (Monday 12 December) he was taken to the John Radcliffe in Oxford for surgery.

“I hit the ground OK, but then something landed on my arm and I knew it was gone rightaway,” Choc added.

“Halfway between my shoulder and my elbow, my arm was about 90 ° bent, so it was fairly obvious that it was broken.”