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Injured jockey showing "positive signs" after fall
1:22pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
A NORTH Yorkshire jockey who suffered serious head injuries in a fall at a Scottish racecourse more than a month ago is continuing to "show positive signs of recovery".
Brian Toomey, 24, who is attached to Kevin Ryan's Hambleton yard and is the boyfriend of the trainer's daughter Amy, was thrown from his mount Solway Dandy at Perth Racecourse on July 4 and had an operation to reduce swelling on his brain days later.
The Injured Jockeys Fund said his progress meant he had now been transferred from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.
Lisa Hancock, the fund's chief executive, said on its website: "Brian Toomey continues to show positive signs of recovery following his transfer to James Cook University Hospital, where he is due to start a rehabilitation programme."
Mr Toomey's friend and fellow jockey Brian Hughes, who visited him twice last weekend, said: "Brian's in good form and is walking and talking and doing everything normally - he recognises everybody and seems to be himself, which is brilliant."