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Posted 2021-04-17 08:33:53  
Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke placed in induced coma following Taunton fall

Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke has been placed in an induced coma and is in a "critical, but stable" condition following her heavy fall at Taunton last week.

Brooke was given immediate medical assistance on the track following her fall from Orchestrated – trained by her mother Lady Susan Brooke – in the 2m7f handicap chase on April 8 before being airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

She was taken into intensive care where she went under observation and tests for a suspected spinal injury, but due to complications this week has been placed in an induced coma.

A statement from the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) was released on behalf of her family on Friday evening, which read: "Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke is currently in intensive care at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. Due to various complications this week, she has been placed in an induced coma. She is critical, but stable.

"Her family thank everyone for their good wishes but request privacy at this difficult time."

7lb claiming amateur Brooke has ridden 17 winners in Britain and Ireland in her career, which included landing the inaugural running of a Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Moonlone Lane for trainer Paul Stafford.

Speaking on the day of the incident, Taunton's clerk of the course Jason Loosemore said: "All our thoughts are with Lorna, racing is irrelevant when incidents like that happen."

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