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Apprentice placed in induced coma in hospital after Grafton fall

Update Sunday evening - Racing NSW reports that Apprentice Leah Kilner has been placed in an induced coma at Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane and is being treated for a possible brain injury.

Earlier report Sunday afternoon - The Clarence River Jockey Club's meeting at Grafton on Sunday was postponed after the third race after apprentice Leah Kilner fell from her mount Stella's Turn and was airlifted to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane.

Racing NSW reported that Kilner, the daughter of Grafton trainer Greg Kilner, was drifting in and out of consciousness. It was also reported that her family were on track and are with her.

Stella's Turn, trained by Owen Glue at Bailina, 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.

The scheduled Races 4 to 9 were postponed.

Kilner, 24, has ridden 204 winners, 40 of them at metropolitan level, from 1735 rides since starting her competitive riding career in December 2017. She had only recently returned to riding after a month recovering from fracturing and displacing a rib at the Doomben trials in February.

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