Three Racing NSW meetings in two days have been abandoned mid-meet following three very nasty falls.
Apprentice jockey Leah Kilner, 24, was riding the Owen Glue-trained Stella’s Turn at Grafton in race three on Sunday when the horse fell in the home straight, dislodging the jockey from her mount.
Racing NSW said Kilner was lapsing in and out of consciousness and after receiving treatment on the track for a lengthy period; the Brisbane-based jockey was flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she was placed in an induced coma.
There are grave fears for the young hoop, who has since undergone surgery to relieve swelling on her brain.
On Monday, both the Gunnedah and Wagga meetings were called off early due to race falls and track conditions.
Apprentice jockey Elissa Meredith, 27, was involved in a fall aboard the Clint Lundholm-trained Starlink during Race 5 at Gunnedah.
As of 4pm, Racing NSW had stated that ‘Elissa was attended to by ambulance officers and is being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, having sustained a head injury.”
As a result of the fall, races six and seven at Gunnedah were postponed.
Wagga’s meeting was called off due to the ‘current state of the track’ as per a Racing NSW statement after a fall in race three, with Shaun Guymer, 29, hitting the ground hard after the Kerry Weir-trained Crocodile Cod fell.
Guymer was dislodged at the 600m mark but appears to be fine and has declined to go to hospital and he is making arrangement to be driven home as per a Racing NSW statement.
Weir has since confirmed that Crocodile Cod is okay, but he is suffering from a potential concussion.
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