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Top jockey Harry Cobden will miss the ride on Sir Alex Ferguson's horse in the Grand National after being taken to hospital following a horror fall in the second race at Aintree on Saturday.
Cobden had been booked to ride outsider Give Me A Copper for Ferguson in the Grand National at 5:15pm, but the ride will now go to Sean Bowen after Cobden was stood down for the day.
The jockey was aboard 50/1 shot Lucky One in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle when the pair fell four from home, leaving Cobden requiring medical treatment on the track.
After being checked over by medics, the 22-year-old was seen walking to a nearby ambulance before heading off to a local hospital.
Racing TV presenter Nick Luck provided an update on Cobden's injuries before the jockey was carted off to hospital.
He said: "I've spoken to Paul Nicholls and he said that Harry was knocked out when he hit the ground.
"He then regained consciousness and was being helped into the ambulance by Jonjo O'Neill, but there is relatively significant concern over his condition at the moment and he's being taken to hospital for checks on his head and neck."
Give Me A Copper, who Cobden had been due to ride, is a 33/1 shot to win the Grand National and provide former Manchester United boss Ferguson with his fourth winner of the week.
Fergie brought up a remarkable treble in the opening three races of the festival when Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux all went in at combined odds of 62/1
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- Horse racing
- Sir Alex Ferguson
- Grand National
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