Jockey Lorna Brooke has died in hospital following treatment for injuries sustained in a fall on the racecourse.

The amateur rider passed away yesterday, the Injured Jockeys' Fund said in a statement.

Brooke, 37, had been placed in an induced coma with 'significant' swelling on her brain on Friday.

Riding Orchestrated, a horse trained by her mother Lady Susan Brooke, she fell at the third fence of Taunton's Pontispool Equine Sports Centre Handicap Chase on April 8.

Brooke was given immediate assistance by medics before being taken to hospital in an air ambulance.

In a statement on Monday, a spokesperson for the Injured Jockeys' Fund said: “It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday.

Lorna Brooke celebrates winning at Fairyhouse in 2015
Lorna Brooke celebrates winning at Fairyhouse in 2015

"Her family thank everyone for their kindness in the last ten days, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional.

"They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna’s life once covid restrictions allow.”

Brooke, who rode with a 7lb claim, competed in more than 400 races since 2000.

Her 17 winners in Britain and Ireland included the inaugural running of the Today FM Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse in 2015.

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