O’Brien was airlifted to hospital after falling from Druids Cross at Killarney on Tuesday evening with further scans today set to reveal the extent of her injuries
JOCKEY Ana O’Brien, the daughter of trainer Aidan, has suffered a fractured C1 vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back after a fall at Killarney on Tuesday evening.
O’Brien, 21, was quickly attended to after her mount Druids Cross, trained by her brother, Joseph, slipped up over two furlongs out in the second contest on the card which was run at 6.20pm.
The three-year-old Druids Cross was fatally injured, while O’Brien was airlifted to hospital.
Turf club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick was among those who attended O’Brien, and he told Press Association Sport: “Ana’s brain scan is clear.
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“She has a fractured C1 vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back. Both will have an MRI scan tomorrow to assess further. She has fractured cheek bones bilaterally.
“Aidan and AnneMarie (O’Brien) would like to thank the superb work provided to Ana by the Order Of Malta, racecourse doctors, veterinary team and ground staff led by Val O’Connell (clerk of the course).
“Also the Air Medical Crew and the amazing staff at CUH.”
McGoldrick added he expected O’Brien, who rode in both the English and Irish Derbys for her father this season and partnered her first winner as a 16-year-old at Dundalk in February, 2013, to have a recovery period of between three to four months.
Champion jockey Ruby Walsh earlier told At The Races after supervising the win of the Willie Mullins-trained Grainne’s Dream in the delayed 6.50: “I think the news was a bit better when she was leaving, so hopefully that is right.
“She’ll be well looked after, fingers crossed for her.”