After suffering head injuries in a fall at the Gunnedah races on Monday, apprentice rider Elissa Meredith was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

It was racing’s second-straight worst-case scenario. During the sixth event, Meredith, 27, was hurt when her mount, Starlink, fell.

Elissa Meredith
Elissa Meredith

On the track, EMS officers reportedly observed Meredith drowsing and losing consciousness as they responded to her.

A decision was made to cancel the final two Gunnedah races on the schedule.

Marc Van Gestel, the head steward for Racing NSW, was still waiting for word on Meredith’s condition as of late Monday night. He was concerned about his staff.

“As far as I know, Elissa regained consciousness briefly while being treated by ambulance officials on the track,” Van Gestel stated.

Once in a stable condition, she was taken to the hospital in an induced coma. We’re all worried about Elissa, and we’re hoping for some good news soon.

A rising star in NSW country racing, Meredith has dropped her claim to 2kg after riding 18 winners in the 2021-22 seasons, despite only having been riding for three years.

Why Was Elissa Meredith Airlifted to the Hospital?

Elissa Meredith was Airlifted to the Hospital when sustain head injuries in a fall at Gunnedah races on Monday when her mount Starlink fell.


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