Racing world in shock as two of Australia’s top jockeys are rushed to hospital after horrifying mid-race fall – as harrowing footage of the tumbles emerges
- Jamie Kah and Craig Williams fell from their horses
- Kah’s horse clipped another horse and fell
- Williams’ horse tripped over Kah’s
Two of Australia’s leading jockeys have been rushed to hospitalised after they were caught up in a horror mid-race collision.
Jamie Kah and Craig Williams were racing at Flemington in Melbourne on Saturday when Kah’s horse fell and caused Williams’ ride to trip during the Group Two Sires’ Produce Stakes (1,400m).
Kah, who currently leads the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership, was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition after her horse Flyball, clipped the heels of race winner Veight.
She was ‘speared’ into the turf and left heavily concussed from the fall.
The 27-year-old was reportedly falling in and out of consciousness immediately after the incident but has been cleared of brain damage, Racenet reported.
Jamie Kah is in a ‘serious’ condition after her and Craig Williams’ horses fell during a race at Flemington on Saturday (pictured, Kah after the fall)
Kah’s partner, fellow jockey Ben Melham, who’s also a jockey rushed to her hospital bedside after winning the following race.
‘I’m going to put the cue in the rack for the day and just make sure she is all right,’ Melham said.
‘It’s just a reminder of how dangerous the job can be. Right now winners are not important as long as everyone is okay.’
Williams suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a broken finger on top of a concussion and was taken to the Alfred Hospital.
Both Flyball and Williams horse Dubenenko were trodden on by other horses after the fall.
The horses suffered minor abrasions and will be checked by vets again on Sunday.
Victorian Jockeys’ Association boss Matt Hyland described Kah’s fall as ‘pretty severe’.
‘She was unconscious for a period of time but thankfully is conscious now,’ he said.
Kah was meant to ride In Secret for the Group 1 Newmarket Handica but was replaced by Dean Holland.
The horse she was meant to ride powered away with $1.5m Flemington feature.
Jamie Kah (above) was reportedly falling in and out of consciousness immediately after the incident but has been cleared of brain damage
Craig Williams (pictured in action last week) suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs
Holland kept the celebrations to a minimum out of respect.
‘The last thing I wanted to do today, win, lose or draw (was carry on). It’s very unfortunate what happened to Jamie and Willo,’ he said.
‘My thoughts go out to them, I was just the lucky one able to ride light today and pick up the ride on one of Australia’s best sprinters.’
Saturday’s dramatic fall was the second in consecutive meetings at Flemington.
The latest incident has shaken the close-knit Victorian racing community, especially its riding cohort.
It follows Ethan Brown and Mark Zahra’s fall last Saturday.
Brown is still in the Royal Melbourne Hospital with internal injuries after his horse Maximillius, rolled on top of him.
Ethan Brown and Mark Zahra’s horses fell at Flemington last Saturday (pictured is Brown in Royal Melbourne Hospital