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Female Jockey Leah Kilner thrown off a horse in a coma: Grafton racing NSW

A rising horse racing star fights for her life after falling during a race on Sunday afternoon.

Leah Kilner, 24, was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, as the field galloped down the house straight in the third race of the day at Grafton, in northeastern New South Wales.

Terrifying footage shows the horse tripping about 75 yards from the finish, catapulting Kilner onto the track before being trampled.

Kilner is now in a coma with serious back and head injuries after undergoing surgery to ‘relieve pressure on her brain’ at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Emerging horse racing star Leah Kilner, 24 (pictured), fighting for her life after falling during a race on Sunday afternoon

Emerging horse racing star Leah Kilner, 24 (pictured), fighting for her life after falling during a race on Sunday afternoon

Kilner (pictured) was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, as the field galloped down the house straight in the third race of the day at Grafton, northeast NSW

Kilner (pictured) was thrown from her filly, Stella Turn, as the field galloped down the house straight in the third race of the day at Grafton, northeast NSW

Ambulance workers rushed onto the track to help the fallen rider, but an hour passed before she was taken to hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

“Because there was such a long delay of over an hour before Leah was flown off the track, there was a huge wave of concern for her from the other jockeys,” said Michael Beattie, CEO of the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Kilner’s family, including her horse trainer father Greg, were both on the track watching the horrific incident unfold.

Her trainer Rob Heathcote said he had contact with Racing NSW officials after the fall and said she went in and out of consciousness.

Terrifying footage shows the horse stumbles about 75 yards from the finish line and catapults Kilner (pictured) onto the track before being trampled

Terrifying footage shows the horse stumbles about 75 yards from the finish line and catapults Kilner (pictured) onto the track before being trampled

Kilner now in coma with severe back and head injuries after surgery to 'reduce pressure on her brain'

Kilner now in coma with severe back and head injuries after surgery to ‘reduce pressure on her brain’

Ambulance workers rushed onto the track to help the fallen rider, but an hour passed before she was taken to hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter (pictured)

Ambulance workers rushed onto the track to help the fallen rider, but an hour passed before she was taken to hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter (pictured)

She is staying at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, but an update on her condition is not expected until Monday

She is staying at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, but an update on her condition is not expected until Monday

“In the end we all wish her all the best, we are all thinking of her,” he told the newspaper. courier post

Mr Heathcote said it was a very ‘serious situation’ for the ‘very ill young girl’.

“Leah is the most beautiful young lady I’ve met in racing, so we have to pray for her recovery.”

A PA hospital spokeswoman confirmed Kilner was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit, but added that an update on her health is not expected until Monday morning.

Kilner’s family is reportedly bedside at the hospital.

Stella Turn was euthanized after the accident, while the remaining six races of the meet were postponed (Kilner pictured)

Stella Turn was euthanized after the accident, while the remaining six races of the meet were postponed (Kilner pictured)

Kilner's family, including her horse trainer father Greg, were both on the track watching the horrific incident unfold (photo by Leah Kilner)

Kilner’s family, including her horse trainer father Greg, were both on the track watching the horrific incident unfold (photo by Leah Kilner)

Stella Turn was euthanized after the accident, while the remaining six races of the finish were postponed.

“It was clear (the jockeys) had no intention of driving so I had a discussion with the stewards and felt it was in everyone’s best interest to postpone the rest of the meeting,” said Mr Beattie.

He suspects that the cause of the crash was that the horse was simply out of balance and unable to get its hoof back into a ‘proper place’.

Kilner is considered one of the best up and coming jockeys in the country, having won over 200 during her short career.

She narrowly missed the record of 54 wins in the 2021-22 racing season after crossing the line 46 times.

Her trainer Rob Heathcote said it was a very 'serious situation' for the 'very sick young girl'

Her trainer Rob Heathcote said it was a very ‘serious situation’ for the ‘very sick young girl’

Kilner (pictured) is regarded as one of the nation's top emerging jockeys, with over 200 winners during her short career

Kilner (pictured) is regarded as one of the nation’s top emerging jockeys, with over 200 winners during her short career

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