Female jockey in ‘serious condition’ after being ‘speared’ into ground in fall

Two of Australia's biggest jockeys are badly injured after being involved in a shocking pile-up mid-race this Saturday, which sent both to hospital.

Jamie Kah, 27, remains in "serious condition" in hospital after being "speared" into the ground during the Sires Produce Stakes race in Flemington, Melbourne.

Kah's mount Flyball fell, smashing into the turf and causing Craig Williams, 45, and his steed Dubeneko to also hit the floor.

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Both horses immediately rose from the turf, but their jockeys remained laid out on the ground after the nasty fall.

Emergency workers rushed to the scene and the pair were taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Distressing footage has been shared of an unconscious Kah on a stretcher, receiving oxygen while being carried into in an ambulance.

Kah reportedly remains under sedation "to keep her comfortable" after suffering a "severe" concussion, according to Racenet, but has been cleared of brain damage.

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Reports say Williams has been discharged from hospital, remaining conscious and talking after his fall.

The jockey sustained two smashed ribs, a broken clavicle, and a damaged finger.

A photo of Williams posted from hospital shows the Australian covered in wires, raising a sling-covered hand in a thumbs-up.

Williams commented: "Every message I get in support of my situation is also a prayer and thought to Jamie.

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"It is a dangerous sport and occupation and unfortunately these things do happen, but luckily we've got support and the right people around.

"Every jockey, as much as we're so competitive on the race track you can see the love and affection for their fellow riders."

Looking back on the awful event, Williams reported: "I saw a flash to my inside in front and next minute I saw the incident as I was going past, I thought ‘oh feels like I've gone past it' and then tripped my horse's legs up.

"I remember descending fast into the turf."

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Ben Melham, Kah's boyfriend and fellow jockey, rushed to her hospital bedside to offer his support after winning a race.

The 35-year-old said: "It's a reminder of how dangerous this job can be.

"Right now, winners are not important, as long as everyone is OK."

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