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Thornton likely out for 2 months

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Jockey Andrew Thornton could be back in horse racing action by the end of September after undergoing knee surgery. The Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey suffered a knee injury after falling off Robbie in the Mansfield Chad Handicap Hurdle.

Thornton was helped off the track in a wheelchair and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. “I had everything done yesterday - no messing about! I had a scan, an X-ray and then keyhole surgery at the Ridgeway (Hospital),” Thornton said. “I had surgery on my left knee to pin my Anterior Cruciate Ligament back to the bone. The good news was that there was no damage to the ACL.”

In other news, Mark Johnston is looking forward to either returning to France or to Goodwood with Baileys Jubilee following the latter’s Listed win at Vichy. The Bahamian Bounty filly caught the eye of racing tipsters after winning her first two starts.

However, Baileys Jubilee has struggled in her last four meetings. On Tuesday, the filly held off Faithfilly to cross the line a length and a half ahead in the Prix Des Reves D'Or.

Also, Harry Dunlop is currently deciding what’s next in store for Sir Patrick Moore. The two-year-old won his debut race at Newbury in May before claiming a meeting at Compiegne in France. Sir Patrick Moore is the son of Astronomer Royal and placed second behind Zenji at Longchamp last weekend.

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