Former British champion apprentice returns at Laurel after back and neck fractures
USA: Jockey Feargal Lynch is back among the winners at Laurel after nearly seven months on the sidelines with back and neck fractures following a fall in July.
Former British champion apprentice Lynch returned to action with a single mount at Laurel on February 7, then sat out again until the Maryland venue’s Presidents’ Day card [Feb 15], where his only ride was a winner aboard the Anthony Farrior-trained Nomo Ron in an optional claimer.
“Yeah, that was nice – it makes it all worthwhile,” said Lynch, who hadn’t ridden a winner since a hat-trick on July 17.
“I’m just glad to get the first winner back,” added the 42-year-old. “I’m very thankful to Mr Wolf [owner] and Anthony Farrior and all the people that helped me get here; my wife and my agent. It’s been a good team effort and I’m just happy for everybody that we’re back up and running.”
Twice leading rider at Pimlico, Lynch is the younger brother of Laurel-based trainer Cal Lynch.
Although he never rode a G1 winner in Europe, the jockey enjoyed his biggest success in North America on Mondialiste for trainer David O’Meara in the G1 Woodbine Mile in 2015. His richest success before then came on Michael Stoute-trained Clerkenwell in the 1996 Ebor, back in the days when he was still ‘Fergal’ rather than his current styling of ‘Feargal’ in the US.
Lynch suffered a condylar fracture in his neck and wedge compression fracture in his back from a spill at Laurel on July 23. He also rode a winner on Sunday’s card [Feb 21] with Nomi to take his overall career tally in North America to 527.
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