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Peter Toole critical but stable. Aintree provide racecourse cottage for Peter’s parents

Peter Toole remains in a critical but stable position in the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool following his fall at Aintree on Grand National day.

The 22-year-old suffered bleeding on the right side of his brain when Classic Fly fell at the first fence in the Maghull Novices’ Chase.

A statement issued by the Injured Jockeys Fund reports Toole has not yet regained consciousness, although he is able to breathe independently and is making slow but steady progress after being taken out of a medically-induced coma last Thursday.

He was visited on Wednesday by his boss, trainer Charlie Mann, together with jockeys Noel Fehily and David Crosse.

Crosse said on his Twitter page: “Just left hospital from seeing Peter Toole, he is making slight progress everyday, he is moving his hand and squeezing it when you hold his hand.

“Getting stronger in his grip everyday. He remains asleep but looks like he could wake at any time.”

Peter’s parents are staying in a cottage at the racecourse provided by Aintree and are said to be overwhelmed and comforted by the number of cards received.

Wellwishers have left messages on a Facebook page called “Get Well Soon Peter Toole”, which has 3,295 members.

About 1,700 posts urging him a speedy recovery were left.

Dominic Spiller wrote: “come on pete your a fighter and we all prayin 4 u at this most difficult time.”

Yvonne Davies said: “Come on peter want to hear you are up and about and making a nusiance (sic) of yourself by chasing them nurses round the ward!!!!”

Another by Ginny Bloomer added: “Thinking of you as always my friend. The weather is glorious and everywhere is so beautiful. My dearest wish is to see you enjoying the world. We and the horses need you. Sending love and hugs from us all xx.”

Angela MacDonald said: “Hello Peter, my daily get well message and hoping that today finds you still improving. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all of your friends. God Bless x.”

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