Harley’s injuries not as serious as first feared

Martin Harley fallDonegal's Martin Harley is making good progress in hospital after a heavy fall at Lingfield on Wednesday where he suffered a broken C1 vertebrae in his neck, broken ribs and a puntured lung.

Martin is in a top medical facility  in St George's Hospital, in  Tooting London where his condition is not as serious as first feared.

A DVD showing footage of his fall was sent by the Professional Jockey Association to doctors to help in their diagnosis and treatment.

Harley was fired into the ground in the closing stages of second race when his mount Red Art suffered a fatal fall.

The 24-year-old who is the fifth high-profile rider in the past 10 days to be taken to hospital is expected to miss most of the season.