Injured jockey Brown to be interviewed by stewards, Kah awake following fall

Stewards are preparing to interview injured jockey Ethan Brown in the next 24 hours regarding the incident that led to his fall in the Australian Guineas.

It comes following news that Jamie Kah is awake and communicating with her family after her high-speed fall at Flemington on Saturday.

Ethan Brown suffered a fall in the Australian Guineas at Flemington earlier this month.Credit:Getty Images

Kah and Craig Williams were both thrown off their horses in the Sires’ Produce Stakes on Saturday, with chief steward Robert Cram indicating Kah’s mount Flyball may have clipped heels, contributing to her fall and leading to Williams’ horse Dubenenko being severely checked.

Kah was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a serious concussion, and had been heavily sedated to allow her brain to rest. But in good news on Monday evening, Kah was awake and communicating with family, according to an update from the Victorian Jockeys Association.

Williams, who was discharged from the Alfred Hospital on Sunday night, will have surgery on a fractured clavicle on Tuesday at the Epworth Hospital. Williams also broke two ribs and fractured a finger in the fall.

Their fall came just seven days after Brown was dislodged from his horse in the group 1 Australian Guineas, also at Flemington, causing internal injuries. Brown posted to Twitter on Saturday morning, describing himself as “extremely lucky”.

On Tuesday, Cram said stewards would speak with Brown in the next day or two and aim to conclude the reasons why Brown and Mark Zahra both fell in the Guineas.

But Cram said there had not been an increase in dangerous riding in Victorian races.

“We’ve obviously had the two falls in the last week, but other than that, the racing has been quite good across the state,” Cram said.

“There’s no evidence that riders are riding more tight than they have in the past. The two inquires are still open, we haven’t concluded them.

“Preliminary evidence in the Jamie Kah fall is that she clipped heels near the 1000 metres. But we’re still inquiring into that, when Jamie’s available, and we’ll conclude the inquiry into the Guineas fall, hopefully later this week.”

Asked whether slow racing was leading to interference, Cram said that had long been a concern in Victorian racing.

“Riders from time to time are penalised for slowing the pace significantly, too much during a race,” he said.

“There are instances of that occurring, so stewards are obviously vigilant to that occurring and conscious of having good tempo in races.

“This subject matter has been discussed as long as I’ve been a steward. From time to time in our races, we prefer if there is more tempo. Certainly tempo is related to interference when pace is slowed too much, but we think our racing is good, it’s been good for some time now. I think racing in Victoria is as safe as anywhere around the world.”

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