The Irish National Hunt jockey’s championship took yet another twist on Saturday as leader,Paul Townend suffered a fractured collarbone in a fall at Navan.
The Cork rider will now face a spell on the sidelines and it should make for an interesting final month in the title race. He is currently nine winners ahead of Davy Russell, but that rider is also out through injury at present. Paul Carberry and Sportsnewsireland columnist, Andrew McNamara are both on the 60 winner mark and must fancy their chances at this stage. With just over a month left in the season the pair must hold every chance of losing the gap on Townend(76) and Russell(67).
Ruby Walsh, who missed most of the campaign through injury, is on the 31 winner mark, and even though he could make serious inroads into the lead over the next 5 weeks, it is unlikely that he will have enough time. Townend and Russell will both be anxious to return as soon as possible, as this season’s championship race looks set to go right down to the wire.