The Australian horseracing group has as soon as once more been rocked after a 3rd main fall in Melbourne in three weeks.
Within the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, Flurescent Star appeared to clip the heels of The Boat on the last flip in a horrific incident.
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Each Florescent Star and its rider Teo Nugent got here down with the mare struggling deadly accidents requiring euthanasia. Florescent Star fell over the racetrack barrier after she fell headfirst into the turf.
Nugent was reportedly knocked out for 3 to 4 minutes after he was seemingly trampled as he fell.
The Victorian Jockeys Affiliation revealed preliminary scans revealed Nugent has a fracture to his C1.
Nugent was handled on target by medics and stretchered off the course earlier than being taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
“Teo Nugent might be transported to hospital for additional examination,” a Racing Victoria spokesperson stated. “Teo’s aware and chatting to medical workers. He has motion in his limbs.”
Coach Dave Eustace, who has used Nugent’s companies as a jockey, was on the scene and stated the 24-year-old seemed to be okay.
“I don’t need to converse out of flip, however preliminary indicators appear OK,” Eustace stated. “He was out for 3 or 4 minutes after which got here round. He’s clearly very groggy.
“Limbs look OK and he’s responding to communication. It appears to be like like he’s received a reasonably nasty bruise on his head.”
Florescent Star’s trainers Amy and Ash Yargi tweeted: “We’re devastated. We love you Flo”.
Racing Victoria added: “RV extends its condolences to the house owners of Florescent Star, trainers Amy and Ash Yargi, their secure workers and all who cared for the horse all through her profession and are drastically saddened by their loss following her fall at The Valley.”
Jockey Harry Coffey, who gained the race, paid tribute to his fallen colleague.
“Ideas to Teo and clearly the horse’s connections that he was on,” Coffey stated.
“That appeared a bit yuck, and I used to be following Teo, and it’s wonderful how racing works; if my filly had have jumped cleaner, which we’d have appreciated to do, we may have been in his spot as an alternative of a pair additional again.
“That’s the best way racing goes, it’s all about luck.”
The primary occasion of the day — the All-Star Mile — was delayed till 5pm AEDT after the incident.
It continues a horrific run for Victorian racing Jamie Kah and Craig Williams had been hospitalised final week following a race fall, every week after jockeys Ethan Brown and Mark Zahra additionally fell at Flemington.
Brown suffered a lacerated liver and kidney issues after the autumn, which was compounded after his horse rolled over him.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams sustained a fractured collarbone, damaged ribs fractured finger and concussion as his mount, Dubenenko, tripped over Kah’s fallen horse however was discharged the next evening.
Medical doctors cleared Kah of any cranium fractures or mind damage however sedated her to provide the mind time to relaxation.
An replace from members of the family on Wednesday afternoon stated: “Jamie is recovering properly and is able to be transferred to one of many RMH (Royal Melbourne Hospital) wards.”