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Injury blow for Popham

Tue, 23 October 2012

Ian Popham is likely to undergo surgery on Thursday after breaking his pelvis for a second time.

The conditional jump jockey sustained his latest injury in a fall before the final race at Plumpton on Monday.

Popham was unshipped from the Martin Keighley-trained Oyster Hill on the way to the start for the Andy Stewart Charitable Foundation Supports Moorcroft Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The 3lb claimer was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, from where X-rays revealed he had broken his pelvis in four places.

"He's waiting for an operation. It will probably be on Thursday," said Keighley.

"It's been delayed because they need to go through his X-rays from the hospital at Bristol."

Popham broke his pelvis in three places when riding out last September and only returned to action this summer.