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Three jockeys hospitalised following horror incident

Three jockeys hospitalised following horror incident

Jockey Lachlan Scorse is in an induced coma after being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle following a shocking fall at Taree on Sunday.

Three jockeys were hospitalised following the horror incident.

Courtney Van Der Werf, Lachlan Scorse and Jeff Penzawere all hospitalised after the shocking fall which saw four riders come down.

In an update on Sunday night, Racing NSW confirmed: “Lachlan Scorse is in an induced coma currently undergoing scans in hospital.”

“Courtney is waiting to have x-rays on a suspected fractured left clavicle but no other injuries,” they said.

“Jeff Penza has fractured ribs, an injury to his lung, and concussion. He will be admitted to ICU overnight.”



The shocking fall at Taree.

The incident occurred when the Scorse-ridden Balzando broke down in the Graff At Kitchwin Hills Class 3 Handicap (1262m).

Scorse, 19, who only began race riding four months ago, was the first jockey to hit the turf and was drifting in and out of consciousness after the fall before he was sedated while awaiting transfer to hospital.

Courtney Van Der Werf.

Courtney Van Der Werf.

With Balzando racing in a prominent position in the run, several horses behind him were left with nowhere go and also came down.

Penza, who was a late replacement for Andrew Gibbons, was thrown from Mischievous Molly and was initially suffering from back pain while Van der Werf was catapulted off No Respect.

Fellow rider Jeff Kehoe was lucky to avoid serious injury when he was unseated from Golden Breeze.

Jockey Jeff Penza.

Jockey Jeff Penza.

Kehoe was cleared to go home by ambulance officers after suffering soft tissue bruising to his left leg and right shoulder.

The final event on the program was abandoned following the incident.

Lachlan Scorse is the son of former jockey Matthew Scorse.