Rebecca's remarkable comeback

THE remarkable comeback story of Bendigo jockey Rebecca Williams comes in a week where the horse racing industry will focus on the dangers faced by riders. 

Tragically, more than 500 jockeys have been killed since horse racing started in Australia. Many more have been seriously injured...

Rebecca was kicked by a horse at Kerang races on her 21st birthday.

It's amazing she survived.

Thankfully, Rebecca has recovered and been given the all clear to resume trackwork as she works to continue her dream of a career as a jockey.

Bad falls have made headlines for horse racing in the past week - a reminder of a profession that remains dangerous despite significant safety improvements.

Bendigo was given a reminder of how dangerous race riding can be with Darren Gauci's lucky escape after a spectacular fall near the winning post last Wednesday.

The racing industry will this week focus on riders in the lead up to Saturday's National Jockeys Trust Race Day at Caulfield.

Tragically, more than 500 jockeys have been killed since horse racing started in Australia. Many more have been seriously injured in falls and other mishaps.

Rebecca is one of the fortunate ones who gets another shot at her career - we wish her well.

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