Davy Condon has been forced to retire from the saddle due to a spinal injury. Condon was riding Portrait King in the Grand National at Aintree when he fell at the third-last, leaving him with a spinal concussion.
It was the second time within a year that he suffered a similar injury. Condon had resigned himself to the fact he would be out of action for a lengthy period of time but after seeing a specialist on Wednesday he has been advised to call time on his career.
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer of the Irish Turf Club issued a statement on behalf of Condon which read: “Davy Condon suffered a spinal injury in a fall during the Grand National at Aintree.
“This was on the background of a previous spinal concussion from which he had recovered fully and had been passed fit to ride by our consultant neurologist.
“Davy was reviewed yesterday by Dr Brian Murray, Consultant Neurologist, on behalf of the Turf Club.
“Dr Murray has recommended that Davy retire from horse riding, be it professional or recreational, due to the risk of further spinal injury.