Two jockeys needed medical treatment today with one taken to hospital from Cheltenham Racecourse after day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
Both jockeys were competing in today’s races and had to be taken to hospital this afternoon for check-ups following falls.
One was Champion jockey Richard Johnson who was unseated by Brewin’upastorm in the Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase.
He was unseated at the 10th fence and was stood down from the remainder of his mounts for the day, with Aidan Coleman stepping in in his place.
The other jockey was Paddy Brennan, who was riding Jarveys Plate when the horse fell at the third fence in the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase, he has been taken to hospital for X-rays.
British Horseracing Authority spokesman Robin Mounsey said: “Richard Johnson was stood down for the day by the doctor. He will need to pass a medical examination in the morning to be able to take his rides.”
Johnson only returned on action on February 27, having been out since January 21 after suffering a broken arm. He has three booked rides on Wednesday and three more on Thursday, including Apple’s Jade in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.
The news comes after Cheltenham Racecourse confirmed that there have been no fatalities on day one of the races.
A spokesperson confirmed that all horses are healthy as day one of the annual racing event comes to a close.
However, the on-site veterinary officer reported that Lord Du Mesbil received treatment for post-race heat stress.
Lord Du Mesbil placed second after Carefully Selected in the G2 National Hunt Chase which was the last race of the day.