Female jockey Laura Lafferty has been hospitalised after her horse crashed through a barrier before rolling on top of her.
Lafferty, 22, was understood to be conscious and able to move after the horror crash despite complaining of severe pain in her shoulder and hip.
She was leading with Richard Laming-trained horse Ronniejay before disaster struck while rounding the home bend at Swan Hill racecourse in Victoria, Australia.
The three-year-old gelding was riding strongly, but that quickly went wrong when he veered left and crashed through the inside running rail, sending Lafferty flying before reportedly rolling on top of her.
Unfortunately Ronniejay’s injuries proved fatal.
Racing Victoria released an update which read: “Laura Lafferty is conscious and moving all limbs. Transported to Swan Hill hospital for scans. Possible shoulder and hip injury.”
The stewards’ report of the race read: “Approaching the 400m [the horse] shifted in abruptly breaking through the inside plastic running rail and fell, dislodging apprentice Laura Lafferty.
“Upon immediate arrival by the RV Veterinarian the gelding was found to be deceased.
“An autopsy of the gelding will be undertaken.
“Subsequently, Apprentice Laura Lafferty was transported to hospital for observation.”
Lafferty, who is regarded as one of the top up and coming jockeys in Australia, rode her first winner at Caulfield back in April.