Kilner, 24, briefly came out of the induced coma overnight and squeezed her Mother's hand. The doctors and nursing staff may bring her out of sedation gradually over the next 48 hours.
On Monday afternoon Kilner was cleared of spinal injuries, but has sustained fractured ribs and a fractured clavicle.
Kilner was airlifted to Princess Alexandria Hospital after a fall in the third race at Grafton on Sunday and operated on later that evening to relieve pressure around her brain.
She had fallen from Stella's Turn who was racing for the first time when contesting the 2YO Maiden Plate (1015m). After entering the straight second last the filly made progress down the middle of the track before stumbling around the 100m and then falling to the track. Kilner was thrown over Stella's Turn's neck to the turf.
Kilner, the daughter of Grafton trainer Greg Kilner, has ridden 204 winners, 40 of them at metropolitan level, from 1735 rides since starting her competitive riding career in December 2017. She is currently on loan to the Robert Heathcote stable.
Apprentice jockey Leah Kilner update 9:45am: Leah remains in a stable condition in ICU at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Bris. She briefly came out of her coma overnight and squeezed her mother's hand. The hospital may bring her out of sedation gradually over the next 48hrs— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) July 4, 2022