Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider Jack Kennedy is likely to be out of action until Christmas after dislocating his shoulder in a fall at Navan on Sunday.
Kennedy went to hospital for X-rays after Wide Receiver fell two out in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase. Initially it was suspected he had broken his arm but it was later confirmed that the injury was less serious.
It is the latest of a succession of injuries Kennedy has suffered throughout his career, in which he has nonetheless won many of the top races on either side of the Irish Sea – including this year’s Gold Cup, on Minella Indo.
Wide Receiver, who was disputing the lead when falling, suffered a fatal injury.
After the race Gordon Elliott, for whom Elliott rides as stable jockey, said: “Jack is an incredible talent, and we’re behind him 100%. All these good horses will be here for him when he comes back. Whenever Jack makes it back, we’ll be here for him – and so will all the horses.
“Jack is a brilliant lad, such a hard worker and a great rider, and I’ll be telling him that all these nice horses will be here for him when he gets back.”