Jockey Laura Lafferty injured in crash after horse hit barrier and landed on her

Medics rushed jockey Laura Lafferty to hospital after she fell from her horse in a serious incident on the track.

The 22-year-old was riding the Richard Laming-trained Ronniejay when he sadly suffered an injury and fell.

The 9-1 shot went markedly to his left and through the running rail, which caused Lafferty to be unshipped.

Observers reported the three-year-old gelding rolled onto her as he came down on Swan Hill racecourse's home bend.

From the track in Victoria, Australia, Rafferty was taken for assessment with concerns over injuries to her shoulder and hip.

Vets attended to the horse and unfortunately he could not be saved.

The stewards' report following the race said: "Approaching the 400m (Ronniejay) shifted in abruptly breaking through the inside plastic running rail and fell, dislodging apprentice Laura Lafferty.

"Upon immediate arrival by the RV Veterinarian the gelding was found to be deceased.

"An autopsy of the gelding will be undertaken.

"Subsequently, Apprentice Laura Lafferty was transported to hospital for observation."

The six furlong contest was won by Mccain (17-2), ahead of 5-2 favourite Demanda in second place.

Racing Victoria added: "Laura Lafferty is conscious and moving all limbs.

"Transported to Swan Hill hospital for scans. Possible shoulder and hip injury."

It was later found that Lafferty was not seriously hurt, with concussion and soft tissue damage diagnosed at hospital.

The highly-rated apprentice was due to ride several horses at Swan Hill, Mornington and Ballarat over the coming days.

A key member of her father Peter's team, from his Warrnambool stable, Lafferty rode her first city success at Caulfield in April.

The young jockey is now expected to be on the sidelines while she recovers.

Racing Victoria extended its condolences to the owners of Ronniejay, Laming and his stable staff and all who cared for the horse throughout his career following their loss.

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