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Jockey rides with broken leg!

18th November 2013
Tough guys these jump jockeys: hot on the heels of the incredible AP McCoy riding his 4000 winners despite a body full of broken bones over the years, we learn of another amazing story involving a National Hunt Jockey.

Danny Cook, a riding rarity in that he hails from London rather than Ireland, is attached to trainer Brian Ellison’s yard in North Yorkshire and last Friday he competed in Newcastle’s last race despite breaking his leg before the race!

Cook, who rode the winner of the previous race, a novice chase, was kicked by a rival horse as he prepared to ride the inappropriately named Serenity Now in the bumper (a National Hunt flat race). Naturally, Cook carried on riding and on his return to the weighing room and removing his boots, realised he probably had a broken leg.

Speaking on Saturday, Cook said: "I've broken my fibula. It snapped clean when I got a kick before the bumper yesterday”.
"I wasn't in too much pain during the race. I was all right, but it was swelling up a lot after I got off the horse and back in the weighing room.
"I could feel it rubbing against my boot and clicking - I thought I'd broken it and had to go to hospital to get it sorted.
"I went last night and am straight into a cast. I'm hoping to be back at the beginning of January - that's my main goal."

Back in January!! As an owner of 2 National Hunt horses I see at firsthand what these guys put themselves through. Danny Cook may not reach 4000 winners, but he has the same indomitable spirit as AP!
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