Horrific fall for top jockey

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  • Richard Johnson broke his leg for the second time in 10 months at Newton Abbot yesterday

    Top jump jockey Richard Johnson broke his right leg for the second time in 10 months yesterday and is likely to be out of action until Christmas.

    Richard took a horrific final fence fall from Lincoln Place in the Summer Jumping Novices’ Chase Final at Newton Abbot and was taken to Torbay General Hospital. He has a fracturedfemur and will be detained in hospital for a few days.

    Lincoln Place had the race at his mercy but failed to take off, flipped over and fired Richard into the ground before landing on top of him.

    Doctors and ambulance men attended Richard for 15 minutes in full view of the large holiday crowd before he was wheeled away on a stretcher and whisked off to hospital.

    Richard had been the biggest threat this season to the record-breaking champion Tony McCoy, having already ridden 73 winners, to Tony’s 95.

    Tony was visibly shattered when he heard the terrible news of his colleague’s second broken leg in a year, and was among the first to visit Richard in hospital on Monday night.

    Tony McCoywill be in action today at Uttoxeter where he needs to ride just two winners to break the all-time jumping record of Richard Dunwoody’s lifetime total of 1,699.

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