Jockey Laura Lafferty was rushed to hospital after her horse crashed through a barrier
then rolled on top of her. The 22-year-old rider was reportedly conscious and able to
move but complained of searing shoulder and hip pain.
Lafferty was leading when the horse crashed through the inside running rail and landed
on top of her, The 22-year-old is highly regarded as one of Australia’s top-up and coming
jockeys. Lafferty was leading aboard the Richard Laming-trained Ronniejay when the
9-1 horse went wrong rounding the home bend.
The terrifying incident happened at Swan Hill racecourse in Victoria, Australia.
An update from Racing Victoria read: “Laura Lafferty is conscious and moving all limbs.
“Transported to Swan Hill hospital for scans. Possible shoulder and hip injury.”
The stewards’ report of the race regarding Ronniejay’s run read: “Approaching the 400m
[the horse] shifted in abruptly breaking through the inside plastic running rail and fell,
dislodging apprentice Laura Lafferty.
“Upon immediate arrival by the RV Veterinarian, the gelding was found to be deceased.
“An autopsy of the gelding will be undertaken.
“Subsequently, Apprentice Laura Lafferty was transported to the hospital for observation.”
The six-furlong race was won by 17-2 shot Mccain, with 5-2 favorite Demanda in second.
She rode her first winner in April and backed it up with another winner two weeks later.
Lafferty was booked to ride several horses over the next three days but it looks she is set
for a spell on the sidelines recovering.