Amateur Rider Lorna Brooke Passes Away After Taunton Fall

Lorna Brooke

Amateur rider Lorna Brooke has tragically passed away following a horrible fall at Taunton earlier on this month with the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) announcing on Monday morning the sad news.

The 37 year old rider on April 8th had taken a heavy fall Orchestrated in the 2m7f handicap chase, trained by her mother Lady Susan Brooke.

After undergoing a horrible incident on the track she, was treated at Taunton and was then airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

She was immediately taken to the intensive care unit at the hospital and underwent observations and tests for a suspected spinal injury, but due to issues she was put into an induced Coma on Friday.

The IJF released a statement today confirming the sickening news, which read: "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 ten days, particularly the staff at Southmeads Hospital who were so professional. They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna's life once Covid-19 restrictions allow. Any donations to go to the Injured Jockeys Fund."

The racing world have sent messages of condolences to the friends and family of the rider and it is a sad day for anyone engrossed in the sport.

Brooke was a very handy 7lb claimer that had ridden 17 winners during her career, mostly riding for her mother with the team pairing up over 300 times during her career.

The biggest race scalp of her career came when landing the inaugural running of a Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Moonlone Lane for trainer Paul Stafford.

Everyone at The Winners Enclosure would like send our prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of Lorna Brooke, RIP.

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