Jockey recovering after being airlifted to hospital following fall

The jockey was flown from Middleham to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance. Photo: GNAA.

A jockey is recovering after collapsing in Middleham following an earlier fall.

Aidan MacDonald, who rides for Middleham trainer Micky Hammond, was flown to the James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance last week with suspected internal bleeding.

It came after the jockey had suffered a bad fall while riding Russian Royale during a race at Hexham last month.

In an update on his progress given to the GNAA, the trainer said: “The bleed has now been cleared.

“He is speaking in sentences and can feel and move his fingers.

“A long road ahead but what a warrior, we still ask for privacy for his family at this difficult time.”

A GNAA spokesperson said: “We are sending our well wishes to GNAAS patient Aidan MacDonald.

“We flew to Middleham last week to care for Aidan, who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding.

“This followed a bad fall from Russian Royale during a race at Hexham last month.

“Our team wish for a full and speedy recovery.”