JOCKEY Eoin Walsh was rushed to hospital with a broken back after a ‘horrific fall’ during a race.
The Irish rider fractured his spine in two places and was ‘very sore’ but managed to pose for a hospital bed photo last night.
Walsh – who was pictured with bruising and cuts on his face – was on 13-2 shot Nations’s Beauty for the 4.15 at Chelmsford when disaster struck.
The Godolphin-owned horse tripped and was fatally injured two furlongs from the end of the 1m 2f race.
Walsh went crashing to the ground as Ryan Tate also somersaulted through the air after being brought down on 200-1 chance Norwegian Red.
In the official race report the accident was described as a ‘horrible incident’.
Tate was said to be ‘shaken’ after the fall but OK.
He was shown being held up by two track workers after the accident and has been replaced on his rides booked for today.
Walsh’s fellow jockey Kieran O’Neill went to see him in hospital and updated followers on his progress.
He wrote alongside the snap of Walsh: “Eoin has fractured his spine in two places. He is very sore but in good spirits. He will be back soon.”
Walsh tweeted his own message which read: “Thanks everyone for the messages, can’t get through them all just yet.
“Fractured my spine in two places, not sure how long I’ll be off for yet.
“Gutted for the @godolphin team and their loss of a beautiful filly.”
Jockey Tom Marquand tweeted: “Great that @EoinWalsh3 and Ryan Tate are up and conscious after a pretty horrific fall for both!
“By the sounds of it both heading to hospital so fingers crossed neither have any major injuries and will just be sore in the morning!”
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