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Harley facing lengthy absence

Martin Harley faces about two months on the sidelines after a horror fall at Lingfield on Wednesday.

The jockey has fractured a bone in his neck as well as damaging several ribs after he was thrown to the ground when the ill-fated Red Art clipped the heels of horses in front of him in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap.

Harley was taken to East Surrey Hospital in nearby Redhill before being transferred to St George's Hospital in Tooting for further treatment. He is expected to remain there for a few more days.

He is stable jockey to Newmarket trainer Marco Botti, who said: "Obviously he's going to be out for a couple of months.

"I think he has a fracture of one of the bones in his neck. It's not bad and it doesn't need surgery, but he will be out for six weeks and then he will have another scan.

"He's fractured a few ribs as well. All in all, in a way, he was lucky because it was an horrible fall. It could have been much worse.

"He's talking and it's just a matter of time, about a couple of months. I think he will be in hospital for a few days."