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Valley terror: Jockey’s miracle recovery after horror fall

Jockey Melissa Julius has miraculously avoided injury after a horror fall left the apprentice unconscious at The Valley on Friday night, prompting stewards to abandon the race.Julius was on Saturday preparing to leave hospital after scans cleared her of neck fractures.Julius came to grief after her mount Obscura fell on the first lap of the…

Jockey Melissa Julius has miraculously avoided injury after a horror fall left the apprentice unconscious at The Valley on Friday night, prompting stewards to abandon the race.

Julius was on Saturday preparing to leave hospital after scans cleared her of neck fractures.

Julius came to grief after her mount Obscura fell 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 motionless Julius, 29, Racing Victoria stewards invoked emergency protocols.

They communicated via two-way radio with clerks of the course, who then frantically rode into the face of the field to alert jockeys approaching the home turn to warn them of the crisis.

“No-race” warning lights were activated to alert jockeys of the dangerous situation.

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.

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.

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 after being knocked out after hitting the turf.

She spoke briefly with fellow jockey Jamie Kah before being transferred to hospital.

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 after a short delay.

Stewards have adjourned an inquiry into the fall.

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