Irish jockeys Ruby Walsh and Daryl Jacob suffer heavy falls at Cheltenham
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Irish jockeys Ruby Walsh and Daryl Jacob suffer heavy falls at Cheltenham

RUBY Walsh has a suspected broken arm and Daryl Jacob was stretchered off the course in a calamitous hour for Irish jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival.

Walsh, the all-time leading jockey at Cheltenham, walked off the course and into the back of an ambulance after suffering a heavy fall off Abbyssial in the first race.

It is believed he has suffered a break in the lower part of his arm.

Just over an hour later, the British based Jacob, was slammed into the track-side surface. The bizarre fall happened when his horse Port Melon appeared to get spooked before smashing through railings on the way to the start.

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Jacob’s fall held up the 2.40 race for 10 minutes while the jockey received treatment but fears for his health were allayed when he spoke to press and sought to play down his injuries. However he was stretched off the course.

Former jockey Luke Harvey told BBC Radio 5: “When someone hits concrete like that you have fear running through your back. And it is a sense of relief that Daryl Jacob is alright.”