Back injury for McLernon

Jockey Richie McLernon is facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking two vertebrae in a fall at Ludlow on Thursday.

McLernon was taken to hospital for further examination after he parted company from Great Value after the third fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase.

The rider was later confirmed to have damaged his back.

He tweeted: "Thank you everybody for messages of concern. I've broken my T11 and T12 vertebrae - touch wood for a speedy recovery."