Lorna Brooke: Amateur jockey dies in hospital after Taunton fall

Lorna Brooke on Moonlone Lane
Brooke was treated on track before being airlifted to hospital

Amateur jockey Lorna Brooke has died in hospital following a fall at Taunton earlier this month.

Brooke was riding Orchestrated for her mother, Lady Susan Brooke, when the horse fell at the third fence in a handicap chase on 8 April.

The 37-year-old was taken to intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol for observation and tests on a suspected spinal injury.

After complications she was placed in an induced coma on Friday.

A statement from the Injured Jockeys Fund on Monday said: "It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday.

"Her family thank everyone for their kindness in the last few weeks, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional.

"They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna's life once Covid restrictions allow."

'Lorna was at the forefront of the Corinthians'

Jockeys and staff paid tribute at Market Rasen Racecourse
Jockeys and staff paid tribute at Market Rasen racecourse

A minute's silence was held before Monday's British race meetings.

Jockeys wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

Fellow amateur jockey David Maxwell was among those to pay tribute.

"Amateurs do it for love - the love of the game and more importantly the love of the horse," he said.

"There's such passion in the sport. At the amateur level nobody has to do it. Lorna was at the forefront of the Corinthians."

The 20-time champion jockey Sir AP McCoy paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "Heartbreakingly sad news. Thoughts and prayers with her family. RIP Lorna."

Taunton Racecourse will pay their respects to Brooke later this week.

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