Providing a sporting chance to make rapid return to the saddle
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.”