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    Veteran sore but lucky after horrific race fall Veteran sore but lucky after horrific race fall

    GLENN McELHINNEY

    THOUGH he is feeling sore and sorry for himself, veteran horseman Glenn McElhinney has shelved short-lived retirement plans. Engaged in a race fall in... Veteran sore but lucky after horrific race fall

    THOUGH he is feeling sore and sorry for himself, veteran horseman Glenn McElhinney has shelved short-lived retirement plans.

    Engaged in a race fall in Newcastle last night, McElhinney was fortunate to escape serious injury after landing on his head, which saw the 63-year-old knocked out.

    Taken to the local hospital, McElhinney slipped in and out of consciousness for several hours.

    During his state of confusion McElhinney declared he was “too old for this” and announced his retirement.

    “Back to himself today”, McElhinney is already focusing on his next race drive!

    “I didn’t see it, but from what I was told the one Dad was driving galloped, got back down pacing and as he got going there was an incident in front of him, Tom (Callaghan) went down and Dad couldn’t avoid him and went straight over him,” Tiarn Sutton said.

    “Dad was thrown into the air, landed on his head and just laid there…it was when they put the sheet up around him people really started to worry.

    “As he was going into and out of consciousness he was asked questions like ‘do you know where you are?’ and he wasn’t able to answer properly.

    “While in hospital he was still confused and forgetting why he was there…he even said he was retiring from driving.

    “He’s out now, has a concussion, bruised shoulder and hip, but overall is okay.”

    Tom is going to be on the sidelines for almost two weeks, but it has nothing to do with the fall!

    “I’m alright…all good,” Callaghan said. “Bit sore in the wrist and ankle this morning, but they’re starting to free up so obviously not too bad.

    “We’re about to go on a family holiday, so I wouldn’t be driving for 10 days anyway.

    “If we weren’t going away, I’d be back into action as usual.”

     

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