Conditional jockey Peter Toole critical in hospital

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  • Conditional jockey Peter Toole remains in a critical condition in hospital today (Sunday 10 April) after suffering a serious head injury in a fall at Aintree.

    The 22-year-old conditional jockey is currently in a medically-induced coma after suffering bleeding on the right side of his brain. He also dislocated a shoulder and is on a ventilator.

    Peter, who is connected to trainer Charlie Mann’s yard, fell from the Arthur Whiting-trained Classic Fly at the first fence in a novices’ chase at the Liverpool track yesterday (Saturday 9 April).

    He was taken from the racecourse to Fazakerley Hospital, but was transferred to the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery

    “He’s in an induced coma and hopefully they’ll bring him round tomorrow (Monday 11 April),” said Charlie Mann.

    “They’ve put him in the coma to give his brain a rest. He’ll be kept in it until tomorrow at the earliest and then the doctors can take a look. He’s in good hands.”

    A Facebook group has been set up and has nearly 350 members, all wishing the jockey well.

    And on Twitter the racing community is also praying for Peter.

    Champion jockey AP McCoy tweeted: “Peter Toole’s head injury remains very serious — the next 48 hours are crucial. Please say a prayer for him.”

    Fellow jockey David Crosse earlier reported that Peter is stable but will remain sedated for another 24 hours. “Fingers crossed everything goes the right way, keep the prayers coming for him,” he wrote.

    While Aidan Coleman tweeted: “Hope Peter gets better. He’s a great person and even better friend.”

    Peter has ridden 30 winners this season, including the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury aboard Fine Parchment.

    Further analysis of and reaction to the Grand National meeting will be in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound magazine

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