Teenage jockey Lachlan Scorse remains in ICU, but is breathing without the need of a ventilator in a positive update after the horrific fall at Taree on Sunday.
The 19-year-old was placed in an induced coma after four riders came off their hoses in a shocking incident at the New South Wales racetrack, about 300kms north of Sydney.
Fellow jockeys Jeff Penza and Courtney Van Der Werf were also taken to hospital, while Jeff Kehoe escaped injury.
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Racing NSW released an update on Monday evening saying Scorse has been extubated, which means he is breathing on his own.
“Lachlan has been extubated today and remains in ICU. He is still under closer observation for the next 24 hours,” Racing NSW said.
Aussie teenage jockey in an induced coma after horrific fall
Penza remains in ICU with 10 rib fractures and fluid around his lungs.
He also suffered a concussion and internal bleeding in the fall.
“Jeff remains in ICU with rib fractures. He had a tube inserted into his chest to help drain fluid from around his lungs and it is hopeful this may be removed today,” Racing NSW said on Tuesday morning.
Jockeys Jeff Penza and Lachlan Scorse were both injured in the horror fall. Credit: AAP / X
Van Der Werf suffered a fractured clavicle, but no other injuries.
The horror fall occurred when five-year-old gelding Balzando, with Scorse on board, broke down in the Graff At Kitchwin Hills Class 3 Handicap (1262m).
Just four months into his competitive riding career, the youngster hit the turf hard before drifting in and out of consciousness.
Balzando’s accident had a domino effect for several horses behind it, creating a trail of chaos as others came down.
Penza had only been a late inclusion into the race, replacing Andrew Gibbons on board Mischievous Molly, while Van Der Werf was thrown off No Respect in the scary accident.
Jeff Kehoe was the fourth rider to come off, but escaped serious injury despite falling from Golden Breeze.
It was the penultimate race of the day, but race organisers made the decision to cancel the final event.
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