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Richard Hughes avoids surgery despite fracture in Meydan fall

Updated: Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 11:44 | Comments

Richard Hughes was partnering Mars when the incident occurred
Richard Hughes was partnering Mars when the incident occurred

Richard Hughes will not require surgery despite fracturing a vertebrae in a nasty fall at Meydan on Saturday.

The champion jockey was partnering the Mike de Kock-trained Mars in the Dubai Sheema Classic when his mount crashed through the far rail after running just a couple of furlongs, throwing Hughes over the top as he tried to pull him up.

Mars suffered a heart attack in the incident.

Hughes' wife, Lizzie, said on Twitter: "Richard has a stable fracture of one vertebrae, no pain at all, just rest needed and no surgery needed #lucky."

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