Wesley Joyce remains in intensive care following Galway fall

Sun 31 Jul 2022

Apprentice jockey Wesley Joyce remains in intensive care in hospital following his fall at Galway on Thursday, where he sustained major chest trauma.

Joyce, 19, was riding Red Heel for Michael Mulvany when he was unseated early in the Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes, a seven-furlong Listed event.

The five-year-old, on whom Joyce won a Curragh handicap on earlier this month, was disputing the lead when appearing to stumble at the road crossing, sending his rider crashing to the turf.

Dr Jennifer Pugh, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s senior medical officer, provided an update on his condition on the IHRB’s Twitter account on Sunday morning.

The statement read: “Wesley has continued to stabilise since his fall at Galway on Thursday. He sustained major trauma to his chest and as such he remains ventilated in ICU in University Hospital Galway in order to help him breathe.

“Wesley was taken off the ventilator for a brief period yesterday where he was able to respond to family members which was positive.

“Wesley’s family and the IHRB wish to thank everyone for their support and well wishes over the last couple of days.”

Laura Pearson facing lengthy spell on sidelines

 Pearson fells after her saddle slipped (Focusonracing)
Pearson fells after her saddle slipped (Focusonracing)

Laura Pearson is set for a prolonged spell out of the saddle after tests revealed a fractured vertebrae in her neck.

Pearson was riding Ralph Beckett’s Be Lucky My Son in the Coral Proud Supporter Of British Racing Handicap at Epsom on Thursday evening when her saddle slipped.

She was immediately taken to hospital and while initially it was hoped she had avoided serious injury, her agent Steven Croft confirmed on Twitter that Pearson would be in a neck brace for “a few weeks”.

He said: “The tests carried out have revealed that Laura has fractured the C7 vertebrae in her neck.

“It’s a stable fracture that won’t require an operation but she will be in a neck brace for a few weeks. Hopeful she can go home tomorrow. She’ll be back.”

It was initially hoped that Pearson had escaped serious injury.

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