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Lee’s fall is another reminder of dangers facing UK riders


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Grand National winner’s injuries and Luca Morgan’s shock retirement show the urgent need for jockeys’ voices to be heard

Both the risks and hardships that jockeys face on a daily basis to ensure that we all have a sport to follow and enjoy have been brought into sharp relief by events over the weekend, as racing hopes for some positive news on Graham Lee after his fall as the stalls opened for a race at Newcastle on Friday evening.

The Injured Jockeys Fund said in a statement on Sunday that Lee, a Grand National-winning rider over jumps before a successful switch to ride on the Flat, had “suffered an unstable cervical fracture causing damage to the spinal cord, as well as damage to blood vessels in the mid-cervical region.”

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