Jockey Lorna Brooke airlifted to Bristol hospital after Taunton fall

Jockey Lorna Brooke has been airlifted to hospital in Bristol after suffering a heavy fall from her horse during a race at Taunton today (April 8).

The jockey was riding the 16-1 shot Orchestrated – a horse trained by her mother, Lady Susan Brooke, in the 4.55pm race at the Somerset course.

Brooke was in the middle of the pack of riders when her horse fell heavily at the third fence.

Medics rushed to the scene, where Lorna was seen not moving, and an air ambulance was summoned. TV cameras showed it circling overhead before it landed and transported Brooke to hospital in Bristol, the Mirror reported.

Racing TV reporter Alex Steedman said: “I’m told she is awake and alert. She was in communication it is just a case of what sort of physical condition she is in.”

The next race on the card, the final one of eight, was delayed by just over an hour.

Brooke, who had ridden seven winners over the past few seasons, took the inaugural running of the Today FM Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse in 2015.

Racing fans took to social media to send her their best wishes.

One said: “Thoughts go out to Lorna Brooke and all concerned. Looked a very nasty fall and let’s hope she makes a full recovery.”

A second person added: “Hope to hear good news of Lorna Brooke, who has been airlifted to hospital after a fall at Taunton.”

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