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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Critically ill jockey fights for life after BBC is accused of Grand National 'carnage coverup' over deaths of horses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • 22-year-old Irish jockey taken to hospital with head injuries in pre-Grand National race
  • Two horses fatally injured in falls which led to just 28 fences being jumped for the first time
  • BBC responds to criticism by saying presenters handled deaths 'sensitively'
Critical condition: Peter Toole was injured in a race preceding yesterday's Grand National
Critical condition: Peter Toole was injured in a race preceding yesterday's Grand National
Jockey Peter Toole is in a critical condition in hospital after being hurt in a heavy fall at Aintree on Grand National Day.
Toole was injured when his mount, the outsider Classic Fly, crashed to the ground in the early stages of the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase, the 2.15pm race on the card yesterday.
The 22-year-old has been put in a medically-induced coma after he suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain and a dislocated shoulder.


His fall came before two horses died during yesterday’s Grand National in one of the most ‘distressing’ races in recent history.
The 22-year-old Irishman was taken to the nearby Fazakerley Hospital then later transferred to the hospital's Walton Centre For Neurology & Neuro Surgery.
Trainer Charlie Mann, to whom Mr Toole is attached as a conditional jockey, said: 'He's in an induced coma and he won't be brought out until Monday at the earliest.
'He has bleeding on the right-hand side of his brain. He also dislocated a shoulder which has since been put back in place.
'He's on a ventilator, and it's not great - but we won't know any more until Monday.'
Weighing-room colleague David Crosse added: 'Ive spoken to Peter's dad who said he remains stable, but with no improvement.
'He's going to be sedated for 24 hours.'
During the Grand National, millions of TV viewers saw Ornais fall at the fourth fence, breaking his neck, while Dooneys Gate broke his back minutes later at Becher’s Brook.
It meant that for the first time in the race’s history the two fences were bypassed during the second circuit of the Aintree track – as the horses were hastily screened off with tarpaulins.
But the BBC was accused of a ‘cover-up’ after commentator Mick Fitzgerald described the dead horses as ‘obstacles’.

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