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Danny Mullins to miss the Cheltenham Festival

Danny Mullins will not be able to ride at the Cheltenham Festival next month. It was confirmed yesterday that the talented Jockey will need time to recover from a fractured Knee.

Danny Mullins time to recover

Today, Danny Mullins is due to undergo surgery to aid the healing process. Following surgery he will need a twelve week recovery period.

The injury came about on Saturday when Danny Mullins was riding Dicosimo for his uncle Willie Mullins. The horse fell at the fourth flight in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and caused Danny to land on his knee awkwardly.

On Monday the injured Jockey said:

“The news I got this morning wasn’t what I wanted to hear. The knee is fractured and I have to have surgery in the morning.”

He added:

“I’m going to miss Cheltenham, it would take a miracle for me to make it. While everything will depend on how well my recovery goes I hope to be back later in the season.”

Danny Mullins will need time to recover from his injury but hopes to be back in the saddle before the end of the season.

Missing Cheltenham after a record year for Mullins has come as a blow. Although he didn’t have any guaranteed rides for Cheltenham, he knew that with his uncle entering a few rides there would have been a race or two on the cards for him.

So far this season Danny Mullins has ridden a personal best of twenty eight winners in Ireland. He had a great victory in the Grade 1 Gain Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown ten days ago with Footpad. It’s a shame that he won’t be able to add to his accolades next month at Cheltenham.

Author Lisa Wood
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