Apprentice jockey Kelsey Hannan has been cleared of major damage following a fall at Strathalbyn on Sunday.
The 21-year-old was airlifted to hospital after slipping in and out of consciousness amid fears of a serious spinal injury.
But she will be on her way home within hours, having suffered only a stable fracture in her C1 (neck) vertebrae.
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“Hey everyone! Thank you for all the messages,” Hannan wrote late on Sunday night.
“I’m awake now with a fractured C1 vertebrae, could have been a lot worse! Appreciate all the love xx.”
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Racing South Australia issued a statement thanking medical staff for treating the New Zealander.
“We anticipate that she will be released from hospital within the next 24 hours,” the organising body said.
“On behalf of her family and the entire riding group, our thanks go to the team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for their outstanding care of Kelsey and to the wider racing community for their messages of love and support.”
The diagnosis comes as a relief to Hannan and her supporters, having only recently returned from another injury.
The Kiwi suffered a fractured jaw in a trackwork incident and required surgery that kept her out of the saddle for nearly three months.
“The recovery was quite a painful process,” Hannan told Racing.com last week.
“I was on just a soft-food diet. I went to pasta for my comfort food, which I was paying the price a little bit for, but I think we’re doing good now.”
Hannan took the enforced break as an opportunity to see family in New Zealand and visit her mother and brother on the Gold Coast.
Kelsey Hannan moved to Australia late last year. Credit: Instagram
The apprentice moved to Australia late last year to further her racing career and took her first win the morning after her flight over from New Zealand.
“I think I landed at nine or 10 o’clock at night, I didn’t get home till late, late,” Hannan said.
“Popped down to the stables in the morning and had a watch of the horse gallop — and off to the races.”
Meanwhile, Racing SA also confirmed Iva Dream emerged relatively unscathed from the incident at the end of race one at Strathalbyn.
The horse clipped heels with another competitor after the post.
“The mare was found to have sustained a few minor lacerations. Fortunately, there are no immediate concerns for her welfare,” officials said.
“As a precautionary measure, she will require veterinary clearance before her next race engagement.
“We remain committed to ensuring the well-being of all our equine athletes and appreciate the diligence of our veterinary team.”