Murtagh Suffers Skiing Accident

Tue 1st Jan 2013, 11:53

Johnny Murtagh
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Johnny Murtagh revealed on twitter this morning that he has broken his collar-bone while on a skiing holiday in Austria.

Murtagh posted a picture of himself on holiday and also revealed the injury.

The former champion jockey tweeted this morning:-

"enjoying snow in Saalbach only problem small accident on top of mountain 1st day broken collar walking holiday now!!!"

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.