Tabitha Worsley wins over Grand National fences months after breaking back in fall

• Jockey broke her back in fall at Ludlow in November 2017
• Top Wood is battling winner of the Foxhunters’ Chase

Resilience is the word to describe Tabitha Worsley’s success aboard Top Wood in the Foxhunters’ Chase, when both horse and jockey were tackling the Grand National fences for the first time. Just 17 months ago, Worsley broke her back in a fall at Ludlow, when her mount tripped over the final hurdle and she was thrown downwards at speed.

Worsley suffered displaced fractures to her T11 and T12 vertebrae, requiring surgeons to insert six pins and three metal rods to put her back together again. Soon after her return to action the next spring, she broke her collarbone.

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