By Andrew Atkinson

Jonjo O’Neill junior will miss Ascot’s meeting on Saturday after sustaining a shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined until December.

“I’ve torn my AC ligament, which keeps the collarbone and the shoulder together, in my right shoulder,” rued O’Neill, after suffering a fall at Aintree on October 24.

O’Neill, who was hospitalised after a heavy fall when riding Morning Spirit, said: “It’s not great news – I will be out six weeks, if I’m lucky.

“With ligaments, they need time to settle down and then build back up again. You’ve got to be patient. I’ll be pushing hard to be back as quickly as I can.”

O’Neill, who returned after being sidelined after damaging his left shoulder blade in a fall at Worcester in July, said: “I’ve been unlucky with some bad falls.”

O’Neill, stable jockey to his father Jonjo O’Neill senior, added: “It’s unfortunate – gutting.”

O’Neill who misses rides at Ascot, including duo Soaring Glory (2.10) tipped by and Time To Get Up, trained by his dad, said: “Dad’s horses were in really good form. I was looking forward to a nice season.

“Hopefully I can have a good second half to the campaign.”

Sam Barton (1.35) 13-2 is tipped each-way in the C3 Ascot Chase over 2m 2f.

Emma Lavelle trained Sam Barton, owned by the Exors of the late Trevor Hemmings, sees Thomas Bellamy up.

ASCOT selections: 1.35 Sam Barton (ew). 2.10 Soaring Glory. 2.45 Grey Diamond (ew). 3.20 Vinndication. 3.55 Peking Rose. 4.30 Go Chique. 5.05 Chianti Classico (ew).

Caption: Jonjo O’Neill jnr pictured with dad Jonjo: Sidelined with injury.