Juana Andreou sustains serious head injury in shocking week for racing participants

Juana Andreou was kicked in the head by a horse
Juana Andreou was kicked in the head by a horse
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A third jockey has been taken to hospital in the space of three days, with Juana Andreou suffering a serious head injury in an accident at Flemington on Monday.

Andreou, who last rode at Kyneton on May 9, was clipping a horse when it lashed out and kicked her in the head.

Victorian Jockeys Association CEO Matt Hyland said Andreou is in a critical condition.

“She’s currently in ICU at Royal Melbourne in a critical condition,” Hyland said.

“She’s had two surgeries to stop the bleeding and release pressure on the brain.

“We expect to know more about her condition later today (Tuesday).”

The incident comes on the back of two shocking falls on Sunday and Monday involving apprentices Leah Kilner and Elissa Meredith at Grafton and Gunnedah respectively.

Kilner came off first-starter Stella’s Turn in race three at Grafton after the horse fell without being interfered with about 75m from the winning post.

The two-year-old had to be humanly euthanased after suffering a total dislocation of the off-fore fetlock.

READ: Heathcote to be bedside as Kilner’s brave fight continues

Kilner underwent surgery to release pressure on her brain and remains in an induced coma at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The popular Queensland-based jockey sustained fractured ribs and a broken clavicle in the fall, but was cleared of serious spinal issues following extensive scans.

There was some positive news regarding Meredith on Tuesday morning, with Racing NSW reporting that ‘Elissa is comfortable and remains stable at John Hunter Hospital’.

Initial scans following her fall in race five at Gunnedah revealed two contusions on her brain, with Meredith placed in an induced coma.

Meredith was piloting Starlink when it stumbled and fell early in the running of the Class 2 contest.

A post-race veterinary examination of Starlink failed to reveal any significant abnormalities.

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