Splash Of Ginge and Ryan Hatch Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Splash Of Ginge and Ryan Hatch
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Cheltenham Racecourse

Ryan Hatch expects to be laid on his back in hospital for a “few more weeks” after fracturing his sternum and several vertebrae in a fall at Cheltenham last week.

Hatch took a tumble from Cogry in the Unicoin Group Handicap Chase and was initially taken to Gloucestershire Royal before being transferred to Bristol Southmead for further assessment where his problems were located.

Speaking to At The Races he said: “I’ve done one of the bones in my neck and one of my vertebrae, in between my shoulder blades – T6. I’ve fractured my sternum and I’ve got a haematoma on my spinal cord which is causing the most trouble at the minute really.

“It’s not ideal. I’ve been laid on my back for the last week and I will be for quite a few more weeks, which is quite annoying, but it’s got to be done unfortunately.”

Whether he needs an operation is, as yet, unknown.

“It’s very up in the air at the minute. We’ve just got to wait for the haematoma to completely disappear and take it from there really. By the time it’s gone this vertebra might have fixed itself and there might be no need to operate, so we’ll play it by ear,” said Hatch.

“It might be a case of saying that once the haematoma has gone, the spine is in good enough shape to heal itself within a few weeks, or it might need a bit of help and they might stick a few rods in it, but until the haematoma has gone, they’re just going to leave it.

“These things happen in jumps racing and you’ve just got to get on with it – there’s no good moping around.

“I’ve had loads of support. It’s quite handy being in a hospital in Bristol which is on the M5 going to all of the southern tracks and the lads are popping in after racing which is really nice. It’s great to see everybody.”