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Murtagh suffers facial injury

Sun, 12 August 2012

Johnny Murtagh is facing a spell on the sidelines after an incident leaving the parade ring on Lottie Dod in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Murtagh was taken for X-rays on a facial injury and is set for further tests on Monday.

The Turf Club's Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: "Johnny has fractured a small bone under his eye and he will have further tests done on a larger cheekbone tomorrow morning which I am a bit concerned about."

Another rider in the wars was Joseph O'Brien, who was thrown to the ground when Cristoforo Colombo came down in the race itself, when short of room a furlong out.

McGoldrick said: "Joseph has a soft tissue injury on his leg. I think he was quite fortunate but he will also have the injury further assessed tomorrow."

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