Fontwell: Tommy Dowling suffered the fall in the opener on Friday evening
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CONDITIONAL jockey Tommy Dowling will be on the sidelines for at least six months, and possibly even the whole season, after breaking his shoulder, collarbone and ribs in a fall at Fontwell on Friday evening.
The incident occurred at the first flight on Dowling’s first ride of the new campaign aboard Charlie Mann’s My Anchor with the young rider, who may also have fractured his pelvis and bruised his kidneys, stretchered off the course and taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Dowling, who enjoyed his best season last campaign when riding six winners from 33 rides, is set for MRI scans this morning before learning an exact timescale for his coming period on the sidelines.
Mann said: “It’s not good news at all and a real shame for Tommy. It was his first ride of the new season, in fact his first hurdle. The kid was going well so it really is a nightmare for him.
“I spoke to him at 6.30am this morning and he’s set for a MRI scan this morning when hopefully we will know a bit more, but he’s going to be out for six months at the very least and possibly even the season. To be honest he’s lucky he hasn’t ended up in a wheelchair.”
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