West Suffolk: Former jockey Richard Fox on life support at West Suffolk Hospital

A FORMER jockey is on a life-support machine at West Suffolk Hospital after collapsing while shopping in Newmarket.

Richard Fox, 57, was reported to be in a stable condition at the Bury St Edmunds hospital yesterday after he fell and struck his head after his heart stopped for 15 minutes on Saturday.

Mr Fox, who has won top handicaps such as the Lincoln, Northumberland Plate, Ascot Stakes and Bunbury Cup, was said to be in a stable condition yesterday.

Mr Fox’s wife, Marie, is said to be with him while close friend and racing commentator Derek Thompson is among his visitors, the Racing Post claims.

Mr Fox started out as an apprentice with Frenchie Nicholson and has appeared as a body double for actor Rupert Grint in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film.


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Known as one of racing’s greatest characters, Mr Fox has been helped by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund (IJF) after suffering an aneurysm while riding out on Newmarket gallops in 1999.

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