Jockey John Keating remains in serious condition after race fall

UPDATE SUNDAY

1pm: The race fall that resulted in Bendigo jockey John Keating sustaining head injuries has been described as a "horrible accident".

Keating was riding Many Doves for veteran Bendigo trainer Allen Browell in race three at Kyneton on Saturday when he fell at the 300m mark.

Keating was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition with a small bruise on his brain.

"Our horse appears to have clipped the front foot of Linda Meech's horse (Savanna's Heart) and they went straight down,'' Browell said on Sunday.

"There was nothing John could do about it. There was no fault of any of the other riders.

"It's just one of those horrible accidents that happen in racing sometimes."

Browell said Many Doves was not injured in the fall.

Racing Victoria Limited stewards have adjourned an inquiry into Keating's fall at a date yet to be fixed.

 9.24AM: Bendigo jockey John Keating remains in a serious but stable condition at the Alfred Hospital after sustaining head injuries in a race fall yesterday. 

An Alfred Hospital spokesman said Keating was in a serious condition, but could not provide further details on his head injuries. 

Keating, an experienced rider, came off his mount in a maiden race early yesterday. 

He was taken to the Kyneton Hospital and later transported to the Alfred Hospital. 

YESTERDAY: Bendigo jockey John Keating was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital with head injuries after a race fall at Kyneton on Saturday afternoon.

Keating, an experienced rider, came off his mount in a maiden race early in the day.

He was conscious and taken to Kyneton Hospital but, Jockeys Association chief Des O'Keefe said, doctors in the rural medical centre decided he should be moved to the city hospital.

In a statement later on Saturday afternoon O'Keefe said.

''John Keating has had scans about his head injury. The results look really promising. He is heavily sedated, but doctors will reassess him as they wake him up.''

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