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RACING: Bradstock suffers broken hip in fall
10:00am Friday 4th January 2013 in Sport
Trainer Mark Bradstock is recovering in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, after breaking a hip in a fall on the way to the gallops at his Letcombe Bassett stables, near Wantage.
The 55-year-old handler, who enjoyed his greatest success when Carruthers won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in 2011, has undergone surgery to pin and plate the hip after a horse he was riding at the weekend slipped and reared over.
He is expected to remain in hospital until next week, but has been told he can’t ride for a couple of months.
Bradstock has been enjoying a successful season with the promising youngster Coneygree reeling off a hat-trick, including two Grade 2 wins at Cheltenham.
He is now as short as 7-1 favourite with Betfred for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival in March.
And Carruthers bounced back to form with an emphatic victory at Ffos Las on Boxing Day.