Jockeys injured in major fall in Australian Guineas

Flemington’s Australian Guineas has been marred by a major fall, with jockeys Ethan Brown (Maximillius) and Mark Zahra (Holymanz) thrown from their horses.

Zahra was able to walk away from the incident, declaring himself fit to continue to ride at the meeting, which has been delayed indefinitely after the fall.

Ethan Brown suffered a fall in Saturday’s Australian Guineas at Flemington.Credit:Vince Caligiuri, Getty Images

However, Ethan Brown has been taken to hospital following the incident. reported Brown was conscious and moving his limbs, but he has a suspected internal abdominal injury.

The meeting has been paused as stewards wait for another ambulance to arrive on course.

Zahra will require a doctor’s clearance to ride the remaining races in the meeting.

Maximillius’ co-triner Michael Kent jnr said his horse appeared fine following the fall. Both Maximillius and Holymanz were captured and trotted off course, and will be vetted.

Damian Lane will replace Brown on Smokin’ Romans in the Blamey Stakes, while Jamie Kah is on standby to cover Zahra’s ride on Gentleman Roy should he be ruled out from riding.

The Guineas was won by Kiwi raider Legarto, who swamped over the top of Attrition to deny Ballarat trainer Mitch Freedman a maiden group 1 triumph.

It did provide Ken and Bev Kelso with their first group 1 victory in Australia, however, and continued the hot form of Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Michael Dee who won last week’s Blue Diamond.

Favourite Jacquinot tired in the straight and did not place over the mile, while Elliptical had too much work to do from the rear of the field.

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