Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Championship Blow for Broken Jaw Victim Lee; RACING ROUND-UP

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Championship Blow for Broken Jaw Victim Lee; RACING ROUND-UP

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GRAHAM LEE, who trails only Tony McCoy in the jockeys' championship, will not have left Huntingdon with fond memories after fracturing his jaw in a horrific incident at the Cambridgeshire track.

Riding Cash King in the Betfredpoker Novices' Handicap Chase, Lee hit the deck at the fourth-last and was kicked by another horse.

Lee, a regular jockey for Newcastle businessman Graham Wylie, and Durham trainer Howard Johnson, had to be attended to for about half an hour before he could be taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Dr Stephen Hughes, who was on the scene, reported: "He was knocked out for a moment, but responded to questioning.

"There was a lot of blood, so it was a problem stabilising his airways, but it doesn't look like he has any other injuries."

The event went to Gary Moore's Shardakhan (12-1) and Philip Hide, who was also on the mark in the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales EBF Mares Only National Hunt Flat race riding the Jeff Pearce-trained Dayia at 33-1.

Charlie Longsdon has plenty to smile about after Songe continued on the upgrade in the Betfred Chatteris Fen Juvenile Novices' Hurdle.

The 10-1 shot was wrong at the weights for a clear-cut defeat of Chord at Doncaster and rider Tom Siddall needed several bites of the cherry to pass his rival in the home straight, eventually nicking it by half a length.

The big disappointment was The Grey Berry, with the 340,000 guineas purchase trailing in eighth.

"On this going I thought we would struggle to give 8lbs to Chord, as Ginger McCain told me they think a lot of their horse," said Longsdon.

"He'll go straight to Cheltenham, but we are going to have a very serious think about which race. We might think about the Triumph, but there is the Fred Winter too.

"I just wouldn't let him carry more than 11st there."

Nigel Twiston-Davies allowed Paddy Brennan to head to Taunton, leaving David England to grab a double as his substitute. …

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