Henry Brooke: was airlifted to hospital
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Ben Hutton 5:20PM 8 OCT 2016
HENRY BROOKE was airlifted to hospital with a suspected collapsed lung on Saturday after a fall at Hexham.
Brooke’s mount Old Storm fell at the second fence in the 2m4f novice handicap chase, after which he was flown to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle around two hours after the 2.25 race had taken place.
Brooke was in the front rank on the Brian Ellison-trained seven-year-old when he fell and was struck by a leg of one of the horses in behind.
The rider had been enjoying an excellent season, sitting in joint-seventh place in the jump jockeys’ championship with 26 wins.
Resuming behind schedule
Racing resumed when the 3.00 was run around an hour and three-quarters behind schedule. Race times were not amended, as officials aimed to stage each race as quickly as possible.
Racegoers were initially informed the air ambulance would be arriving, but were then told Brooke would be taken to hospital in a road ambulance instead.
However, medics decided against the road option and waited for the air ambulance. Clerk of the course James Armstrong explained: “The air ambulance is assigned on a priority basis, and a road ambulance was sent, but they said they were not going to move him on the road.”
The concluding bumper, originally scheduled for 5.10, took place as the sun was setting at 6.15pm.