Pro­vid­ing a sport­ing chance to make rapid re­turn to the sad­dle

Gloucestershire Echo - - REMEMBRANCE 2018 -

DOZENS of sports­men and women have been grate­ful for CT scans to di­ag­nose in­juries in the hope of a swift re­turn to ac­tion

Chel­tenham Town and Glouces­ter Rugby play­ers have ben­e­fited from the all-im­por­tant im­agery, but of even greater need is that of Chel­tenham Race­course.

Jock­eys rid­ing at speed around the world fa­mous track often need med­i­cal checks if their mounts fall in races.

Lo­cally-based riders Ryan Hatch and Willy Twis­ton-davies re­tired af­ter suf­fer­ing in­juries at Chel­tenham.

The for­mer had to call it quits af­ter frac­tur­ing sev­eral ver­te­bra and pick­ing up other nasty in­juries when Co­gry came down in De­cem­ber 2016.

On the Flat Ge­orge Baker, the brother of Glouces­ter­shire jockey Zak Baker, faced ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter he suf­fered se­vere head in­juries in an ac­ci­dent at St Moritz in 2017. He rode 1,364 win­ners in­clud­ing the last Clas­sic of the sea­son, the Leger, on Har­bour Law in 2016. Baker lost move­ment in one side of his body and had to learn to walk again. Ian Renton, in­set, re­gional di­rec­tor of Chel­tenham Race­course, said the avail­abil­ity of CT scan­ners is cru­cial for rac­ing’s par­tic­i­pants at their time of need. He was keen to lend his sup­port to the ap­peal. “The work that Chel­tenham Gen­eral and Glouces­ter Royal Hos­pi­tal is some­thing that the lo­cal com­mu­nity ben­e­fit hugely from,” he said. “Our race­go­ers and rac­ing par­tic­i­pants have used both hos­pi­tals in the past and we are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing this ap­peal.”

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