Gr 1 wining Jockey Critical after Car Crash

Grade 1-winning jockey Matt Griffiths is in a stable but critical condition after being involved in a fatal road accident on Sunday.

Griffiths, 31, was travelling near the village of Exford on Exmoor in Somerset when the accident occurred and was transported to a Bristol hospital.

A statement released by the Injured Jockeys' Fund on Monday evening said: "There was a fatal car accident yesterday near Exford on Exmoor.

"National Hunt jockey Matt Griffiths was involved in this and having been taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol is now in a stable but critical condition.

"His family have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Griffiths, who had his first ride in December 2008, has won 139 races from 1,300 rides, with his best campaigns numerically coming in 2011-12 and 2018-19 when he rode 18 winners.

His most regular supporter has been Somerset-based trainer Jeremy Scott, who has provided the jockey with over half of his career victories including a memorable triumph on Dashel Drasher in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase in February.

The pair forged clear of Master Tommytucker to provide a first victory at the highest level for Griffiths, who had been set to ride Dashel Drasher in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival the following month before he was declared a non-runner on account of the ground.

Griffiths has also ridden regularly for Nicky Martin and was on board The Two Amigos when finishing a close second to Secret Reprieve in this year's Welsh Grand National. He has taken 11 rides so far this season without winning. Racing Post

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