StewardsinvestigateToowoombafall

April10,20174:00pm。

byAAP

QueenslandstewardshaveopenedaninquiryintoafallwhichhaslefttwoToowoombatrackridersinintensivecarewithseriousspinalinjuries。

BenSaundersandWadeClasohmwereridingtrackworkearlyonSaturdaymorningwhentheirmountsapparentlycollidedsendingbothriderstotheground。

TrackworkwasclosedatToowoombaformorethananhourwhileambulancemenattendedtothepair。

TheywereinitiallytakentotheToowoombaGeneralHospitalbutthentransferredtothePrincessAlexandraHospitalinBrisbaneonSunday。

AspokeswomanforthePrincessAlexandraHospitalsaidbothremainedintheintensivecareunitandwereventilatedandsedatedandinastablecondition。

Thespokeswomansaidshecouldnotcommentfurtherontheirconditionsbutitisunderstoodbothwillrequireextensivesurgery。

QueenslandRacingIntegrityCommissionchairmanRossBarnettsaidtherewouldbeafullinquiryintotheincidentafterinitialinquiriesweremadeonSaturdayandMonday。

Thereweretwohorsesinvolved。

Onewasanunnamedatwo-year-oldwhichbrokedownandwaseuthanised。

Thesecondhorse,athree-year-oldescapedseriousinjury,Barnettsaid。

Toowoombastewardswereonsiteshortlyaftertheincidentoccurred,astheyweretheretoinspectthetrackfortheToowoombaWeetwoodracemeetinglaterthatday,andcommencedinvestigationsintothefall。

Mythoughtsarewiththeinjuredtrackridersandtheirfamiliesatthistime。

WorkCoverQueenslandwillalsoinvestigatetheincident。

InableakdayforracingonSaturday,popularcountryNSWjockeyDarrenJonesdiedafterathree-horsefallatWarialdainthestatesnorth-west。

ApprenticeMelanieBolwellsufferedbleedingonherbrainintheincidentandisbeingkeptsedatedintheGoldCoasthospitalbeforedoctorsmakeadecisionwhethersheneedssurgery。

LeanneHenryalsocamedowninthefallandsufferedconcussionandabrokencollarbone。