Advertisement

Broken leg rules Jack Kennedy out of Cheltenham

Jack Kennedy has been ruled out of next month's Cheltenham Festival. The Kerry jockey fractured his...


Broken leg rules Jack Kennedy...

Broken leg rules Jack Kennedy out of Cheltenham


Jack Kennedy has been ruled out of next month's Cheltenham Festival.

The Kerry jockey fractured his right femur following a fall from Dallas Des Pictons at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The incident came in the race immediately after Kennedy had guided Delta Work to victory in the day's feature - the Irish Gold Cup. The 20-year old was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital where x-rays revealed the nature of the injury.

Kennedy underwent successful surgery on Monday morning, but no time frame has been placed on his recovery.

Senior medical officer Dr. Jennifer Pugh provided the update on Kennedy's progress, saying via Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), "Unfortunately at this stage the timing will mean Jack will miss Cheltenham. Hopefully he should get home from hospital tomorrow."

Kennedy has endured a torrid time with injuries over the past year, and had only recently returned from a broken collarbone sustained in a fall at Punchestown in October.

This latest leg break is the fourth of his short career.

Speaking after Delta Work's victory on Sunday, Kennedy felt the pair were set for a tilt at this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Dingle native rode his first winner at Cheltenham while still just 17-years old. Kennedy piloted the Gordon Elliott-trained Labaik to victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March of 2017.

He would go onto win four more races at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, including Samcro's Ballymore Novices' Hurdle triumph.



Read more about

Cheltenham Cheltenham Festival Delta Work Dublin Racing Festival IHRB Jack Kennedy Leopardstown

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-8 AM

Share

Up next

Weekend Breakfast with Alison...

Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis

8 AM-11 AM

Share

Jessica Maciel

Jessica Maciel

11 AM-2 PM

Share

Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

2 PM-6 PM

Share

Saturday Hits

Saturday Hits

6 PM-9 PM

Share

Claire Beck’s Saturday SoundSy...

Claire Beck’s Saturday SoundSystem

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-8 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on