13 April, 2011

Irish jockey awoken from coma after Aintree fall:

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Peter Toole;  taken out of coma today
22 year old jockey Peter Toole , who was taken to intensive care after a heavy fall at Aintree on Saturday and had been in a medically induced coma, has regained consciousness.
Two horses died at Saturday's Aintree Grand National
The trainer Charlie Mann, who employs Toole at his yard in Lambourn and has been in contact with his family, said: "His CT scan came back negative, which is good news. His body is OK and he woke up last night from the induced coma and he was moving his legs. They then put him back under in the night and he should be coming out of that again this morning.  Toole's injury was just one of a number of serious incidents which took place over Grand National weekend.  Two horses were killed after heavy falls at Becher's Brook resulting in the fence being passed for the first time in the Grand National's  150 year history.  Of the 40 runners and riders which started the National, less than half completed the circuit.  The RSPCA is conducting an investigation into the event's surrounding Saturday's injuries and fatalities.
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