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Brian Toomey "stable" after brain operation

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Irish jockey Brian Toomey is in a 'stable condition' after suffering a life-threatening head injury during a heavy fall in Perth last Thursday.

The 24-year-old remains in an induced coma at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after surgery to reduce the swelling and pressure on his brain.

The 3lb claimer was seriously injured after a fall from the Lisa Harrison Solway Dandy three flights from home at the 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Since 2008 Toomey has ridden 49 winners and he's also represented Keith Ryan - the North Yorkshire trainer he is attached to - in his stable's at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown festivals.

He has reigned victorious three times from the 24 rides in the 2013-14 National Hunt season, most notably Whiskey Ridge for Grand National-winning trainer Sue Smith at Wetherby on May 30.

A statement from Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the Toomey family and the Professional Jockeys Association read: "Brian Toomey underwent surgery yesterday (Sunday) to reduce swelling and resultant pressure on his brain.

"The surgery went well and Brian remains in a stable condition in an induced coma. It is anticipated he will be kept sedated for the next few days as his progress continues to be monitored."

"Brian's parents Marian and Johnny, brother Sean, sister Aine and his aunt Margaret would like to thank all family and friends at home in Ireland for their huge support."

Toomey's girlfriend, champion conditional jockey Amy Ryan, is Ryan's daughter.

 

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