Rachael Blackmore suffers ankle and hip injury following Killarney fall

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Sat 17 Jul 2021

Rachael Blackmore is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured ankle and hip injury following her horrible fall at Killarney on Friday.

The Grand National-winning rider was attended to by medical personnel on the track for 35 minutes after Merry Poppins fell at the fifth obstacle in the 2m4f handicap hurdle, which caused a 15-minute delay to the next race, before being taken to Tralee Hospital.

After undergoing surgery overnight, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board's (IHRB) Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Pugh, reported Blackmore to be "in good spirits" on Saturday morning.

A tweet the IHRB posted at 9:01am said: “Rachael Blackmore sustained a fractured ankle and hip injury following her fall in Killarney on Friday evening. She has had surgery overnight and is in good spirits this morning.”

The 32-year-old had already won two races on the final day of Killarney's Summer Festival having guided the Henry de Bromhead-trained Leac An Scail Lady to victory in the 2m7f mares maiden hurdle, and the Philip Rothwell-trained Baltinglass Hill two races later.

Although it's at an early stage, Blackmore is also leading the jockeys' championship, and is just ahead of Danny Mullins who is also on the sidelines following a fall at Limerick last Saturday.

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