There’s never a good time to get injured when you’re a National hunt Jockey but the run up to two of the biggest festivals in the calendar is certainly less than ideal.
Unfortunately for jockey Timmy Murphy, he suffered a dislocated shoulder for a second time in three months and is now out of the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The Grand National-winning jockey, who won on board Comply Or Die for trainer David Pipe in 2008, must now undergo corrective surgery on the troublesome injury.
The jockey’s agent, Chris Broad, said: “The only light at end of the tunnel is that he is going to have an operation on the shoulder. I spoke to him on Monday and it (the shoulder) is fine, but he needs to address the problem once and for all.
“That’s going to rule him out of Cheltenham, unfortunately, but he needs to get it right.”
Murphy, who has secured eight winners at the Festival, suffered a recurrence of the injury in an accident at his home in Gloucestershire. Hopefully though he will have recovered in time to race in the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
Having taken part in the race on 17 previous occasions, including on Weird Al last year for Donald McCain, Murphy is a veteran around the Aintree Fences and looked set to go again this year.
The 39-year-old dislocated his shoulder at Newbury in November following an altercation with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth, for which he was banned nine days by the British Horseracing Authority.
He subsequently dislocated it again in January and it is becuase of this that he is having the surgery which rules him out of Cheltenham contention.