Jockey in Critical Condition After Fall in Training

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Jockey Liz Rice has been put into an induced coma after falling during trackwork at Caulfield on Monday morning.

The young English rider was galloping her horse, Aquanita, to the stables after a morning session and swim when the horse apparently became spooked and threw her.

Paramedics were already at the track treating another woman in a separate incident (a kick to the shin by another horse). They rushed to aid Rice, were able to stabilise her, and took her to The Alfred Hospital.

Stuart Webb, trainer of Aquanita, was nervous for his rider, but hopeful. “Nobody actually saw what happened,” he told reporters. “She was on the horse and then hit the ground. She was unconscious when we arrived.”

Rice hasn’t yet regained consciousness. She was taken to hospital and diagnosed with broken ribs and head injuries.

“She is in a stable but critical condition and in an induced coma,” said Webb. “Doctors will give her all the appropriate tests.”

“She is a good rider and was fully qualified to ride the sort of horse she was on. We don’t know what happened.

“She has been with us for three or four months.

“We have informed her sister (next of kin contact). I’m informed little more will be known for the next couple of days.”

Peter Oliver, Aquanita chief executive, said his team wished Rice a speedy recover. He said everyone was saddened by the mishap.

“It’s very upsetting for everyone – our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.”

Mr Oliver has put an investigation in progress to understand what caused the accident.

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