Madden faces long absence

Niall 'Slippers' Madden faces about four months on the sidelines after breaking a leg in a heavy fall at Clonmel on Thursday.

The jumps jockey was hurt when Pipe Down, trained by his father, Niall, fell at the fifth fence in the Go Racing In The South East '5 For 50' Handicap Chase.

The obstacle was bypassed as Madden received treatment before being taken hospital locally for further assessment.

He was transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital to undergo surgery on his left leg.

"He is going to theatre this morning for a fractured femur. It's a straightforward pinning and he'll probably be out for about four months," said the Irish Turf Club's senior medical officer, Dr Adrian McGoldrick.

Madden has only returned to action in recent days following a similar injury.