Jack Kennedy joined Richard Johnson as another high profile jockey to miss Cheltenham when he broke his leg for the 4th time at Leopardstown on Sunday. The 20-year old was trying to stay positive yesterday saying he is aiming to be back for the Punchestown Festival at the back end of April. Being a typical 20-year old he thinks he was actually lucky on Sunday saying that had his fall happened an hour earlier he wouldn't have ridden Delta Work to win his first Irish Gold Cup.
Reflecting on his fall from Dallas Des Pictons at the fourth fence, just half an hour after winning on Delta Work, Kennedy said:
"It wasn't actually the fall that did it, it was the horse behind me standing on my leg (ouch!!) . It’s just one of those things, there's nothing you can do about it"
He is back home and in good spirits after a successful operation on Monday but knows that Cheltenham will come too soon, but he is hoping to be back for Punchestown. The Gordon Elliott stable jockey is optimistic that the Punchestown Festival could be manageable. He will have a check-up in two weeks and then he will know more about how long he will be out of the saddle.
The good news is that Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O’Leary has pledged allegiance to him when he returns, but there is one ride, in particular, he is gutted to be missing at Cheltenham next month. in Delta Work.
Jack rued missing the plum ride saying:
"I was starting to get really excited about Delta Work's chances in the Gold Cup, I’ve never ridden a Gold Cup winner before, but he feels like the closest thing to one. He seems to have everything you need and he’s beaten everything in Ireland apart from Al Boum Photo. I think he’s getting better all the time and I would have loved to have ridden him in the Gold Cup"
The whole Cleeve team wish Jack all the best and a speedy recovery, and we hope to see him back riding a few winners at the Punchestown Festival.