Updated: 28/06/2012 18:06 | By pa.press.net

Kempton injury woe for Downing

Jockey George Downing

Jockey George Downing

Apprentice jockey George Downing faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering bad injuries in a fall at Kempton on Wednesday evening.

The 5lb claimer sustained a broken jaw and a fractured skull when he fell from the Tony Carroll-trained Volcanic Jack in the Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Apprentice Handicap, and was briefly knocked unconscious when unshipped after his mount clipped heels.

Downing was taken to St George's Hospital, Tooting, but his father, Paul, believes his son could be released as early as Friday and hopefully be back in the saddle in about a month's time.

"He's a lot better. Yesterday evening we were unsure of the extent of his injuries and the impact it had on everything. This morning he's sitting up, he's obviously very sore. He's got a small jaw/cheek fracture and a skull fracture," said Downing senior.

"He has an haematoma on his arm, not a break, so he's very much hoping with that knowledge he will be able to get over the injuries a lot quicker than we thought yesterday evening.

"He's looking forward to getting back to where he was last week. It looks like he will be out for a month, it could be less. It all depends how well the next week or so goes. He's very keen to resume his riding. Prior to the accident he was doing extremely well.

"He's been inundated with messages and is very grateful for everybody's support and wants to get back to the racing family.

"It looks like he'll probably be released from hospital in the morning."

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