Back injury rules Farrelly out of Festival

Johnny Farrelly will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival after sustaining a back injury in a fall at Wincanton on Thursday.

The rider parted company with Sleeping Volcano at the fourth-last obstacle in the Bathwick Tyres Bridgewater Novices’ Chase.

He was taken to Yeovil General Hospital where it was confirmed he had damaged a vertebrae.

Farrelly will miss, among others, the ride on Fortification in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase next week.

He tweeted: “Still in hospital crushed my T3 vertebre and rib to bit look I’ll be home soon no cheltenham this year s*** happens could been worse.”