Andrew Lynch aiming to be back in time for Cheltenham

Top jockey eager to be back in the saddle after suffering a broken arm in August

Top jockey Andrew Lynch aims to finally make his return from a broken arm in time for Cheltenham in four weeks' time.

Lynch, a multiple festival-winning rider, broke his right arm in a spill at Cork at the end of August and has endured a frustrating time since with a bone graft operation required just after Christmas.

“I had a feeling myself around the middle of December that it had got to a point but wasn’t getting stronger. So I went back to the specialist, who referred me to a different specialist, and I had a bone graft and a plate put in. Once that was done it has felt a lot better,” he said.

“Hopefully the plan is that I’ll be able to come back the week before Cheltenham. The specialist feels with normal progression that should happen. I should be able to start riding out next week, get fit and then hopefully get the all-clear,” Lynch added.


Sizing Europe memorably provided Lynch with back-to-back Cheltenham victories when landing the Arkle in 2010 and the following year's Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Lynch also scored at the 2010 festival on board the Paul Gilligan-trained Berties Dream in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle and Sizing Australia landed the 2011 Cross-Country event.

During a career which includes 20 Grade One victories in total, Lynch has enjoyed consistent success with trainer Henry De Bromhead who has enjoyed a notably successful winter campaign.

“I’d like to be riding and it is frustrating but at least I have something to aim for now. Hopefully I can come back and prove I’m still able to do it,” Lynch said.

The last winner for the famously hard-working rider came on the De Bromhead trained Ridestan at Killarney in August.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor is the racing correspondent of The Irish Times. He also writes the Tipping Point column