Brooke airlifted to hospital following fall at Hexham

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PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER Brooke airlifted to hospital following fall By Ben Hutton 5:20PM 8 OCT 2016

HENRY BROOKE was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance following a fall on Old Storm in the 2m4f novice handicap chase at Hexham on Saturday.

Brooke was reported to be "stable" by clerk of the course James Armstrong after the air ambulance took off around two hours after the fall. Armstrong had no further information regarding Brooke's condition.

Brooke was in the front rank on the Brian Ellison-trained seven-year-old when he fell at the second fence, and the rider was struck by a leg of one of the horses in behind.

Racing got back under way almost an hour and three-quarters behind schedule.

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