Second serious jockey injury in as many days in NSW

A second jockey has been airlifted to hospital in as many days following a fall on a New South Wales racetrack after an incident in Race 5 at Gunnedah on Monday.

Elissa Meredith was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle after being dislodged from Starlink in the Curlewis Hotel Class 2 Handicap. She was thrown over Starlink’s neck after the filly stumbled and fell 200m after the start of the 1600m race. Meredith is in an induced coma and underwent CT scans.

“Apprentice jockey Elissa Meredith was involved in a fall aboard Starlink during Race 5 at Gunnedah today. Elissa was attended to by ambulance officers and will be airlifted to hospital, having sustained a head injury,” Racing New South Wales said in a statement on social media.

The final two races on the Gunnedah program were abandoned following the fall.

Meredith’s fall came little more than 24 hours after Leah Kilner was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital following a fall in the third race at Grafton on Sunday.

Kilner was placed in an induced coma and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain and while cleared of spinal injuries, she suffered multiple fractures and the extent of her head injuries continues to be assessed.

“Leah has been cleared of spinal injuries but has sustained fractured ribs and a fractured clavicle. She remains in an induced coma and will be monitored for her head injuries,” Racing NSW said in a statement on Monday afternoon.