Race to build specialist centre for injured jockeys in final furlong

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BUILDING work at Jack Berry House, a specialist centre for injured riders, is entering the final furlong.

The Injured Jockeys Fund is due to take delivery of the £3m-plus complex in Malton shortly – and it is due to be up and running by the end of next month.

It takes its name from the legendary Leeds-born trainer who was one of the charity’s instigators when two riders were left paralysed by career-ending falls.

The state-of-the-art facility follows the success of Oaksey House in Lambourn and means riders based in the Yorkshire and the North will not have to travel several hundred miles for medical and fitness support. As well as housing a hydrotherapy pool whichis being hailed as one of the most advanced in all sport, the specialist gym will be named after Don’t Push It – the horse that the record-breaking rider AP McCoy to Grand National glory in 2010.

A delighted IJF chief executive Lisa Hancock said: “It really is a fantastic facility and we are delighted to be receiving the keys! We are in the final stages of fit out. We have just appointed two new members to the team, Scarborough’s Danny Hague who will be joining us as full time strength and conditioning coach and Gemma Darley as our part time physiotherapist.”