By Gordon Brown
NICKY RICHARDS is recovering at home following a nasty fall returning from the gallops earlier this week.
The Greystoke trainer spent two days in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle after breaking his right shoulder and several ribs on Monday morning.
He said: “I was a bit shook up and, although the ribs hurt, the shoulder is the worse thing as I cant do a thing with that arm. It’s pretty useless at the moment but I’ll just have to wait on it getting better.
“We were walking home and I was just thought ‘the horses are in grand fettle’ when one got loose and then they all kicked off and I ended up on the floor. It shows just how easily and quickly it can happen.
“I was in hospital a couple of days but I would have been signing myself out if they’d kept me in any longer! There wasn’t much else they could have done with my type of injuries anyway.”
On the current coronaviris outbreak which has forced British racing to shutdown, Richards, 64, added: “It’s a bit of shame as this is usually our time of year but there are bigger and more serious issues at stake so we have to do what we are advised to do and what is best for everyone.
“Giving what they are dealing with, the doctors are nurses are all superstars and I can’t thank them enough. They are doing a fantastic job.
“We are doing the odd canter but most the horses are only walking and trotting on the roads for a few miles - you can’t really do anything else.
"I’m hearing one of two people might be interested in sending horse to Punchestown later in the spring but, whether that will be allowed, remains to be seen.”
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