Racing: McNamara 'paralysed but positive' after fall

Irish jockey JT McNamara is in a "very positive frame of mind" despite his horror fall at Cheltenham this month which resulted in paralysis, Irish racing's chief medical officer reported on Friday.

The 37-year-old leading amateur is recovering after neck surgery at a hospital in Bristol where he has been treated since the fall on March 15.

A statement issued jointly by Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Turf Club's senior medical officer, and Lisa Hancock, head of the Injured Jockeys Fund on behalf of the McNamara family read: "JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

"Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind."

The statement continued: "He is greatly appreciative of the many messages, cards and letters received and also wishes to thank the Frenchay Hospital who are looking after him so well."

McNamara, one of Ireland's leading amateur riders with four career wins at the Cheltenham Festival, fractured C3 and C4 vertebrae following his fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

In due course he is expected to be transferred to the National Spinal Unit at Dublin's Mater Hospital to continue his rehabilitation.