British Jockey Improved After Horrific Fall

British jockey Suzzanne France, who suffered a dreadful fall at Redcar, England, on May 29, appears to be out of danger.
 
The 26-year-old was riding 3-year-old filly Uace Mac for her boss, trainer Neville Bycroft, in a six-furlong handicap at the North Yorkshire track when her mount clipped heels with a rival approaching the final furlong and was brought down.
 
France, a 7-pound claiming apprentice, hit the turf head first and was then caught in the stomach as Uace Mac landed on top of her. She was taken to Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital, where she underwent a second brain scan on Wednesday in intensive care.
 
Speaking the day after the fall, Bycroft said: "Her mother has told me that although Suzzanne came round, she was not coherent and there wasn’t much movement so they were moving her to another ward for more intensive care."
 
Her condition has since improved and on May 31 the jockey was moved to a general ward.
 
Fellow apprentice rider Liam Jones was handed a nine-day ban for careless riding on Almora Guru, the runner-up, having been found guilty of causing the accident.
 
The stewards handed out the maximum suspension to Jones, having deemed that he forced his mount through a small gap and interfered with France on Uace Mac, who then became unbalanced and clipped heels.
 
France has partnered 17 winners in total since 2003, all for Bycroft.

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