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Brace ‘sore’ but fine after Cheltenham fall

Trainer Alex Hales reports amateur Jamie Brace to have escaped serious injury in Cheltenham fall

Amateur rider Jamie Brace is sore, but otherwise none the worse, after his nasty fall at Cheltenham.

The 7lb claimer was taken to hospital in Gloucester for further assessment following his tumble from Minellaforleisure on Wednesday.

The 11-year-old gelding, trained by Alex Hales, was brought down by Innocent Touch at the second-last flight in the Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates’ Handicap Hurdle.

Brace was allowed home after precautionary checks.

Hales said: “They obviously took him to hospital. He had scans on his head and x-rays on his chest and everything but he’s fine.

“They let him out late last night. That’s great news. He’s back home, he’s sore but doing OK.”

Minellaforleisure, however, suffered a neck injury and remains at Three Counties Equine Hospital in Tewkesbury.

“He’s not great, unfortunately,” added the Banbury-based Hales.

“He’s hurt his neck. It will be touch and go for a couple of days.”

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