It must seem like the absolute worst case of deja vu for Irish jockey Paul Carberry who finds himself ruled out of Cheltenham due to injury again.
Carberry fractured his left femur in a fall at the Listowel festival in September, on-board the Noel Meade-trained 10/1 shot Rich Coast and after the injury he took to Twitter saying: ‘Opp went well off now 3 to 4 months will go insane thanks everyone for the well wishes.’ He also posted before and after pictures of the x-rays showing his leg break.
He had previously hoped to return to action in the next few weeks before he re-injured himself, suffering another fracture to his left leg in a fall while riding near his home in Co Meath.
He spoke to the Racing Post on Sunday: “I was out riding on Friday when I had a fall. It’s the same leg I fractured at Listowel but the crack is higher up the leg and away from the original break.
“I had an operation in Blanchardstown Hospital yesterday, when they took out the original rod that was in my leg and put in a longer one. It’s not as serious as the Listowel fracture nor as sore as that injury was.
“I was hoping to be back soon as the original injury was almost mended, but this is going to delay things. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss Cheltenham, which is very disappointing.”
Carberry has a sterling record at Cheltenham having ridden 14 Festival winners including the World Hurdle on Solwhit in 2013 and The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Very Wood in 2014.