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Carberry faces race to be fit after Navan injury.

PAUL CARBERRY faces a race against time to be fit for Dorans Pride in next month's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup after suffering a broken collar- bone in a fall from Wyatt at Navan yesterday.

Carberry, who has a number of choice mounts at the Festival, including Cardinal Hill in the Citroen Supreme Novices' Hurdle, was taken for X- rays after the fall, but is well known for his powers of recovery, and three weeks could be just enough to see him return.

Cardinal Hill's trainer Noel Meade had initially indicated that the break might be bad enough to rule the rider out of the Festival.

He reported: "Paul has broken the collar-bone and they think it could be a bad break.

"It's a real shame at this stage, particularly as Wyatt has schooled so well at home since his fall at Punchestown."

The fall came in the Bank of Ireland Handicap Chase when Wyatt tipped up seven from home. It was the nine-year-old's third fall in five starts this season.

It has been a roller-coaster season for Carberry, son of Irish trainer Tommy.

The richly talented rider has made a big impact on returning to Ireland to renew his link with Meade.

This season he has rapidly established himself as a contender for an Irish championship throne effectively abdicated by Charlie Swan, and his current total of 64 wins leaves him only five behind leader Ruby Walsh.

Dorans Pride is 8-1 third favourite for the Gold Cup, having finished third in the last two years.

Carberry has won widespread praise for his bravery and coolness, but there have also been some less satisfactory moments.

He appeared to abandon intended tactics on Cardinal Hill when beaten by Alexander Banquet in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse, and at Naas earlier this month he was criticised for overdoing waiting tactics on subsequent Punchestown winner Cockney Lad.

His chance of winning the championship was also dented when he was given a 10-day suspension for his failure to ride a finish on Sallie's Girl in a novice hurdle at Naas last month.

Ironically, the mare on whom he made that costly error of judgement provided him with another big-race success yesterday, making all to win the Golden Pages Boyne Hurdle.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Sweetman, Alan
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 22, 1999
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