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Valley terror: Hurt jockey on track as field approaches

Jockey Melissa Julius has been hospitalised with a suspected neck injury after a horrible fall at The Valley prompted stewards to abandon the race to protect the apprentice as she lay motionless on the track.Julius came to grief after her mount Obscura fell at the winning post on the first lap of the 2040m David…

Jockey Melissa Julius has been hospitalised with a suspected neck injury after a horrible fall at The Valley prompted stewards to abandon the race to protect the apprentice as she lay motionless on the track.

Julius came to grief after her mount Obscura fell at the winning post on the first lap of the 2040m David Webb Handicap, with several of the eight remaining jockeys in the race unaware she was still on the track near the winning post.

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As medical staff raced to treat Julius, 29, clerks of the course frantically rode into the face of the field to alert jockeys approaching the home turn to warn them of the crisis.

Clerk of the course Shane Patterson took his mount down to the 500m mark before waving and yelling to jockeys, including Damien Oliver, to pull up their mounts and head down the outside of the track to avoid Julius.

Broadcaster Terry Bailey also attempted to alert jockeys to Julius’ predicament as the field travelled down the back of the course.

The race was immediately declared a no-race.

Julius was seen to move her arms and legs as she was treated by medical staff on the track.

Julius reportedly complained of a sore neck to medicos. It is believed she was knocked out after hitting the turf.

Obscura regained its footing and galloped around the track before being captured by clerks of the course.

Jockeys and stewards agreed to continue with the meeting as Julius was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital by ambulance for scans.

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