Queensland jockey Leah Kilner seriously injured after fall during race at Grafton

Brisbane-based apprentice jockey Leah Kilner was seriously injured on Sunday after falling from her horse during a race in Grafton in northern New South Wales.

Kilner, 24, was riding Stella’s Turn in race three when the horse fell in the straight, dislodging the jockey from her mount.

Racing New South Wales said she went in and out of consciousness on the track before being flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

The organization postponed the other six races on the program after the incident.

An apprentice to Brisbane-based trainer Rob Heathcote, Kilner has ridden over 200 winners during her time in the saddle.

Heathcote told ABC News the jockey’s mother had accompanied her on the flight from Grafton to PA hospital.

A hospital spokesman said Kilner was in critical condition and would spend the night in the intensive care unit.

She is believed to be being treated for head and spinal cord injuries.

Kilner won 46 races in 2021-22 and approached her best-ever season of 54 winners in 2018-19.

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