Amateur jockey Richard Hawkins in hospital after fall

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  • A second jockey is in intensive care after falling during a race.

    Amateur jockey Richard Hawkins, who is the brother of conditional jockey Giles Hawkins, was taken Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset yesterday (Tuesday 12 April) after falling from the Chris Down-trained Tiger Dream in a selling hurdle at Taunton.

    Richard was knocked unconscious by the fall and spent the night in intensive care. He is reported to be “stable” and due to be brought out of sedation today (Wednesday 13 October).

    He is reported to have had a “good night” and a scan showed no brain bleeds or skull fractures.

    Chris Down, Richard’s great-uncle said: “He’s still heavily sedated but they plan to bring him round gently. At the moment I think we can be cautiously optimistic.”

    Peter Toole, the 22-year-old conditional who suffered head injuries in a fall at Aintree on Saturday (9 Apri), remains in a stable condition today at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool.

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