Jockey Brendan Sweeney remains in an induced coma in Royal Darwin Hospital after a three-horse fall at Darwin’s Fannie Bay racecourse on Saturday.
Sweeney’s condition is listed as stable, four days after he suffered bleeding on the brain, a punctured lung and broken ribs in the incident.
The fall occurred when Kim Gladwin’s mount Ogrim clipped heels and fell at the 300m. Jarrod Todd on Ranceski and Sweeney aboard The Unknown were unable to avoid the fallen horse.
Gladwin also suffered serious injuries in the fall – a punctured lung, broken ribs and collarbone.
The Australian Jockeys’ Association’s Kevin Ring provided an update on the condition of the three jockeys on Tuesday.
“Brendan Sweeney is still in an induced coma and I believe they are talking about gradually taking him out of the induced come in the next few days,” Ring said.
“I’ve been speaking to his brother Mark who also said it hasn’t got worse with regards to the bleed on his brain and the little bit of swelling on his brain.
“His condition remains stable and he is still being monitored.
“Kim Gladwin is still on the drain as far as draining his lung. Once his lung is clear it’s rest and rehab.
“The other fellow, Jarrod Todd, he’s home.
“Jarrod has a small fracture in his hand but the reason he was kept in hospital until last night was one of the horses stood on his hand and the nail heads ripped open his hand, so they were worried about infection.
“Jarrod’s talking about riding next week.”
Three jockeys were involved in a fall at Darwin Turf Club last Saturday.Source:Supplied
Stewards have adjourned the inquiry into the fall to a date to be fixed.
Following the incident The Unknown was sedated by the on-course veterinarian “but then was euthanised on humane grounds due to internal haemorrhaging” while Ogrim was found to be “lame in the off-hind leg and to have abrasions to the off-knee and shoulder”.
A vet clearance is required for Ogrim prior to racing again while Ranceski suffered no injuries.
Originally published asSweeney’s condition unchanged after Darwin fall
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