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Grand National-winning jockey Graham Lee pictured smiling in wheelchair after suffering spinal injuries in fall at Newcastle in November

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  • Graham Lee suffered a fall while riding sprinter Ben Macaui in Newcastle
  • The jockey underwent spinal surgery after suffering life-altering injuries 
  • His daughter Amy posted the pictures of her father on her X account 

Grand National-winning jockey Graham Lee has been pictured for the first time since he suffered spinal injuries in a fall at Newcastle in November.

The 48-year-old is seen smiling while sitting in a wheelchair alongside three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight.

The shot was posted on X by the jockey’s daughter Amy on a special account which is raising money and awareness of spinal injuries.

Knight, who has recently returned to training, joined the stream of visitors for Lee in James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

In a comment beside the picture, Amy said: ‘Graham’s had so many familiar faces allowed to see him over the last few weeks… including Henrietta Knight today!

Jockey Graham Lee suffered life-altering injuries after falling from his horse in Newcastle 

Jockeys wear helmets and body protectors under their silks but the danger is still high

Jockeys wear helmets and body protectors under their silks but the danger is still high

‘These visits have made so much difference to dad’s motivation and help make the days brighter.’

Lee was unseated from the sprinter Ben Macdui when the stalls opened for what was a run-of-the-mill handicap.

Jockeys wear helmets and body protectors under their silks but when a half-tonne animal does something unexpectedly, it is the equivalent of being flung from a car wearing a pair of pyjamas.   

The damage Lee sustained required him to undergo spinal surgery for life-altering injuries. 



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