Jamie Kah accident and head injury: Two of Australia's top jockeys have been hospitalised following a horrific accident at Flemington racecourse.
Jamie Kah and Mark Williams were both injured during the Group 2 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) race on Saturday.
Kah's horse, Flyball, clipped the heels of the eventual winner, Veight, which caused her to be “speared” into the turf.
Williams' horse, Dubenenko, tripped over Kah's fallen horse, causing him to suffer a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken finger and a concussion.
The paramedics took around 40 minutes to attend to the fallen jockeys, and both Kah and Williams suffered head knocks.
Kah was knocked unconscious and was in a “serious” condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, according to the Channel 7 bulletin.
Fortunately, she was later cleared of any fractures or brain injuries. However, she was heavily concussed and was going in and out of consciousness after the fall.
Williams, on the other hand, was not knocked unconscious but suffered several injuries.
Both horses were galloped on after the accident and reportedly suffered just minor abrasions. Vets checked the horses again in the morning to ensure they were not suffering from any injuries.
The Victorian Jockeys' Association boss, Matt Hyland, said that Kah's fall was “pretty severe,” but both riders were conscious at the hospital.
Kah's partner and fellow jockey Ben Melham rode the next winner before he went to join her in the hospital.
Melham said, “It's just a reminder of how dangerous the job can be, the last week or so, but right now winners are not important as long as everyone is OK.”
Kah was set to ride In Secret in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, but Dean Holland took her spot and rode the horse to victory.
This accident comes just a week after jockeys Ethan Bronn and Mark Zahra also fell at Flemington. Brown is still in hospital after suffering internal injuries when his horse, Maximillius, rolled on top of him. Zahra, however, escaped injury, and both horses survived the incident.
In conclusion, Jamie Kah and Mark Williams' horrific fall at Flemington has caused significant concern among the racing community.
While the horses were relatively unscathed, both jockeys suffered head knocks, and Kah was knocked unconscious.
This accident serves as a reminder of how dangerous the job can be, and safety measures must always be a top priority in horse racing