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'Gutted' Gannon breaks jaw

by Oli Skehan , 22 April 2012

Cathy Gannon was back in the wars on Saturday after breaking her jaw in an early-morning accident on the gallops.

Gannon, who won the Lady Jockey Of The Year title at this year's Lesters, was riding work for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton when her foot slipped from an iron and she was thrown to the floor.

"She was riding work and came off at speed," Johnston Houghton said.

"She hit the floor with her face unfortunately.

"I was out watching the work with a lot of the horse's owners and she came past with the horse going really well and then she was on the floor. I'm not sure what happened but I think it was a tack malfunction - it certainly wasn't the horse."

The Irish rider tweeted a picture, not for the squeamish, of her swollen and blood-splattered face and added: "Not good I think I broke my jaw. Was riding out and I lost an iron. Gutted."

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