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Jockeys Chad Lever and Dan Pitomac hospitalised following horrific falls

Ric Chapman in Latest News 9 Aug 2017
  • Racing NSW Dr monitoring the nasty injuries sustained
Chad Lever in happier times winning the Sires Produce Stakes at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, back in 2001.

Two NSW jocks fell at Scone yesterday in two separate incidents and suffered injuries.

Both are now in the same hospital and are pretty bashed up.

One of them, CHAD LEVER, is in a lot of pain and discomfort.

It was a heavy fall he was involved in - not a spectacular one - but you knew right away because of the speed in which he smashed into the turf, that he would be hurt.

The incident occurred as they came to the home bend. He was on ANTICIPATE and it just appeared to clip the heels of one in front.

Instantly, down he and the rider went.

Lever was rushed to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. The races were held up a little while.

He was flown by helicopter and the first assessment revealed he had bleeding on his brain. His fiance, fellow jockey Claire Nutman, left home immediately to be at his side. 

There were also facial issues.

He received deep wounds to his face that required stitching immediately.

Racing NSW's Dr David Duckworth has reported Chad is now in the neuro ward with his fiance Claire Nutman by his side. 

"Chad is doing better and is a lot more alert than yesterday," Dr Duckworth said. 

 A plastic surgeon is expected to see him today for the big gash above his eye. Chad still has soreness to his jaw and thumb which will be x-rayed today. 

The thumb is believed to be broken.

 He will be monitored following his severe concussion and may be transferred to a Sydney hospital in a day or so.

The other accident involved DANIEL PITOMAC, later in the day at the barrier trials.

Dr Duckworth has reported that Daniel was transported to John Hunter Hospital, from Scone Hospital, for scans on his back. 

 Results will be known latger today, but as he was being placed in the ambulance, it was clear he had back issues.

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