JOCKEY Paul Carberry’s hopes of a return to action in the next few weeks, and of riding at the Cheltenham Festival, have been dashed after he suffered another fracture to his left leg in a fall while riding near his home in Co Meath.
Carberry, who has been out of action since fracturing his left femur in a fall at the Listowel festival in September, revealed to the Racing Post on Sunday: “I was out riding on Friday when I had a fall. It’s the same leg I fractured at Listowel but the crack is higher up the leg and away from the original break.
“I had an operation in Blanchardstown Hospital yesterday, when they took out the original rod that was in my leg and put in a longer one. It’s not as serious as the Listowel fracture nor as sore as that injury was.
“I was hoping to be back soon as the original injury was almost mended, but this is going to delay things. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss Cheltenham, which is very disappointing.”
Carberry, a former Irish champion, has ridden 14 Cheltenham Festival winners and enjoyed the biggest success of his career when landing the Grand National on Bobbyjo, trained by his father Tommy, in 1999. Noel Meade’s long-time stable jockey rode Harchibald to win five Grade 1s over hurdles.