Champion rider remains in critical condition

Champion lady amateur jockey Isabel Tompsett remains in critical condition today following a fall at Fakenham Racecourse on Sunday.

She is in the neurology ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she was transferred after initially being taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, told the EDP this afternoon: 'She remains unconscious and under sedation and they are waiting to do further tests and X-rays on her. Her situation is not expected to change in the next 24 hours.

'Her family are with her and we are offering them whatever support we can.'

Miss Tompsett, 28, who is Welsh, was riding Leopold for trainer David Thompson in the Aylsham Show - Bank Holiday 29th August Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle when she crashed out at the third flight.

David Hunter, clerk of Fakenham Racecourse, said: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with Isabel and her family.'

Miss Tompsett has been riding as an amateur for more than 10 years and was champion lady amateur in the 2009-2010 season. She is also a qualified vet.

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Racing personalities including AP McCoy and Paul Nicholls have sent their best wishes to Miss Tompsett, via social networking sites.

Another jockey, Nick Schofield, was also hurt at the Fakenham meeting, suffering a broken leg and hand injuries.

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