Davy Condon forced to retire

Davy Condon forced to retire

JOCKEY Davy Condon has been forced to retire following a spinal injury suffered at the Grand National in Aintree.

Condon was riding Portrait King, but fell at the third last, and a statement has been released by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer of the Irish Turf Club.

"Davy Condon suffered a spinal injury in a fall during the Grand National at Aintree,” McGoldrick said.

"This was on the background of a previous spinal concussion from which he had recovered fully and had been passed fit to ride by our consultant neurologist.

"Davy was reviewed yesterday by Dr Brian Murray, Consultant Neurologist, on behalf of the Turf Club.

"Dr Murray has recommended that Davy retire from horse riding, be it professional or recreational, due to the risk of further spinal injury.

"Davy has been referred by Dr Murray for a neurological opinion as he has an ongoing disc lesion in his neck.

"Davy has fully accepted the medical advice and will be liaising with the Irish Jockeys' Trust with a view to future career options."