Brooke regains consciousness after bad Hexham fall

Jockey Henry Brooke is reported to have regained consciousness after being injured in a fall at Hexham on Saturday.

The rider was placed in an induced coma after he fell from the Brian Ellison-trained Old Storm at the second fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase.

The rider was also kicked by another horse when he hit the ground, with racing delayed for almost two hours while he was treated by on-course medical staff before he could be taken to hospital.

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Brooke was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, and was said to be in a "stable condition" on Sunday morning.

However, Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, issued an upbeat bulletin on Sunday evening, confirming the rider was no longer unconscious.

She said: "He's had a much more comfortable day and has regained consciousness which is fantastic news.

"The doctors are pleased with his progress."

Brooke's mother, Julia, said on Saturday that her son had suffered a broken collarbone and that he had sustained a suspected collapsed lung.

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