Jockey defies odds to plan racing comeback

  • Jockey Brian Toomey — who had a life-threatening fall at Perth racecourse last year — is intending to reapply for his jockey’s licence.

    Brian, 25, was in an induced coma for 18 days after falling from Solway Dandy three from home on 4 July last year.

    After five months in hospital, he went to Oaksey House in Lambourn, the Injured Jockeys Fund rehabilitation centre.brian toomey1

    “I had a 3% chance of survival on the day of the accident. My family were told I wouldn’t get through the next 24 hours,” Toomey (pictured above and right) told H&H.

    “It’s been a long haul. My surgeon told me one in 60 people come out of this injury alive.”

    The jockey started riding out again two months ago at trainer Brian Ellison’s Malton yard and is now waiting for one last report from his neurologist.

    “I have researched loads of professional sportsmen and women who’ve come back after a similar injury,” added Brian.

    But he admitted: “There are no guarantees I will get my licence back.”

    Dr Jerry Hill who recently took over as the chief medical adviser at the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for jockey’s recovery from injury and will approve or deny a licence.

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