NEWS — 05 July 2013


Ninewells Hospital near Dundee where Toomey’s girlfriend Amy Ryan and his family have gathered as he is treated for life threatening head injuries.

Irish jockey Brian Toomey remains in hospital in Scotland with a life-threatening head injury after falling from his horse, Solway Dandy, during the Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, on Thursday July 4.

The 24 year old was injured when the horse fell three flights from the finish.

Rider and horse had been favourite to win.

An air ambulance arrived shortly after the accident, which happened during the 5:00pm race, but Toomey was transported to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital by road.

NHS Tayside said Toomey was “suffering from a life-threatening head injury”.

Toomey rides for the North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan, whose daughter, Amy, is Toomey’s girlfriend.

Amy, a champion apprentice rider, left a race meeting at Haydock in Merseyside, to rush to the hospital in Scotland.

Toomey has ridden 49 winners over the jumps since 2008 and has represented Ryan’s stable at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown.

He has three victories from 24 rides in the 2013-14 National Hunt season, including Whiskey Ridge for Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith at Wetherby on May 30.


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