Kelsey Hannan, 21, was riding Iva Dream in the opening Strathalbyn Cup Day race in Australia when the horse stumbled after the finishing post, causing both horse and rider to hit the grass. Reports suggest that the specimen clipped its heels with another, causing it to fall.
Hannan was knocked unconscious after the incident and was put in a neck brace before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where he was “almost put into an induced coma,” Racingsa reported.
The 21-year-old was unconscious after the fall and complained of neck pain when the decision was made to put him in an induced coma, and he was quickly taken to the hospital, where the rest of the meeting was later postponed.
After consultation between the jockeys and the stewards, the jockeys decided to stop providing their services for the remaining races of the day, and Racing South Australia withdrew from the remaining seven races on the schedule.
After a few anxious hours, a positive result came in for trainee Kelsey Hannan, who emerged from an induced coma and was cleared of spinal cord damage. When Hannan arrived at the hospital, great fears were allayed by scans that confirmed he had a solid fracture of his C1 vertebra but no damage to the spinal cord, and he later regained consciousness.
He will be fitted with a neck brace, and there is a chance he will be discharged on Monday.
Hannan was a star trainee in his homeland before he made a big splash when he arrived in South Australia, posting seven wins in his first five meetings.
But after making the move permanent in October, he suffered a broken jaw in track work and spent two and a half months on the sidelines, only returning to racing in late December.
Hannan faces another lengthy layoff but is expected to make a full recovery.
The rest of the postponed meeting, including the $107,250 Strathalbyn Cup, takes place on Friday afternoon.