Top central districts racing jockey Rosie Myers is in an induced coma in hospital after a fall.
Myers was riding at the Foxton trials on Tuesday, but fell off her horse after it won, and it is believed she was kicked by another horse behind her. She was flown to Wellington Hospital.
Her husband William Fell told Stuff: “I think the horse shied at something on the track and a horse that was behind her stood on her head.”
Fell was in Palmerston North, but travelled to Wellington as soon as he heard the news. He was to meet with hospital staff on Wednesday morning for an update on Myers’ condition.
“At this stage she’s still in an induced coma. She’s had a stable night and we’re going into a meeting shortly.
“They’re doing all the usual processes and procedures.”
He said hospital staff wanted to be cautious.
Horse racing trials are run under race conditions.
The Racing Integrity Unit’s general manager Mike Godber said an inquiry had been done and a report was given to WorkSafe. He declined to comment further.
The Racing Integrity Unit steward at Foxton Neil Goodwin referred Stuff to Godber.
A WorkSafe spokeswoman confirmed it had been notified and was working to determine the next steps.
Myers has ridden 650 winners in a career which started back in the 2006-2007 season. She has won five Group I events, including the Thorndon Mile at Trentham, Wellington, three times. She also won the Karaka 3YO Classic, with prizemoney worth $1 million, in 2018.
Myers, who started out as an amateur rider, has also been successful in Australia, winning the Brisbane Cup on Benzini in 2016.
She comes from a strong racing family. Her sister Kelly was a successful jockey for a number of years and her uncle Kevin Myers is one of the country’s best known trainers.