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Jockey Niall McCullagh's condition 'very stable'

Famous Irish jockey Niall McCullagh, who had a nasty fall on the gallops last Friday which resulted in collapsed lungs, nine broken ribs and a collarbone fracture, is reported to be "very stable" even as he is being treated in the intensive care unit at Connolly hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Irish jockey Niall McCullagh
Irish jockey Niall McCullagh 

The 43-year old Irishman, whose last big victory was astride Royal Diamond three years ago in the Irish St Leger, was a regular visitor to Mumbai's Mahalaxmi racetrack for nearly two decades between 1993-2011, and had three Classic wins to his credit: Her Excellency (1000 Guineas, 1999), Aldeburgh (2000 Guineas, 2002) & Blue Ribbons (Oaks, 2007).

Though chances are McCullagh may be discharged from the hospital after a couple of weeks, his complete recovery may take a very long time. He is ruled out from returning to the saddle for at least three months.

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