Leading amateur jockey JT McNamara is in a coma in hospital after being injured when his horse fell at the Cheltenham festival, his uncle said tonight.
McNamara, 37, fell at the first fence while riding Galaxy Rock for trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup this afternoon.
McNamara's uncle, the trainer Andrew McNamara, said: "I've been told that JT is in an induced coma at the moment."
The jockey was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance from the Gloucestershire course.
Medical staff were quickly on hand to treat McNamara after the fall and it was decided to transfer him for further treatment without delay.
Course spokesman Andy Clifton said: "JT McNamara is being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol via air ambulance and continues to undergo assessment."