Horse insurance: Jockey in coma following Aintree fall

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Horse insurance: Jockey in coma following Aintree fall

A jockey was still in a medically-induced coma yesterday (Monday April 11th), following a fall during a race at Aintree on Saturday, horse insurance policyholders have been told.

Peter Toole was unseated from his mount Classic Fly while taking part in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase at the iconic racing meet and later lost consciousness.

The 22 year old has since been diagnosed with bleeding on the right side of his brain and is currently attached to a life-support machine at Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool.

Trainer Charlie Mann, who worked with Toole's mount Classic Fly, said this weekend: "He's in an induced coma and he won’t be brought out until Monday at the earliest. He has bleeding on the right-hand side of his brain. He also dislocated a shoulder, which has been put back in place. He's on a ventilator and it's not great."

Mr Mann later confirmed that Toole had not been brought out of the coma and would undergo a CT scan before any decision was made.

During Saturday's 2011 John Smith's Grand National, two mounts died after sustaining fatal breaks following falls.

April 12th 2011

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