UPDATE: Jockey fighting for her life shows slight improvement

Champion amateur lady jockey Isabel Tompsett remains in an unconscious state but has shown slight improvement today.

Tompsett, 28, from Llandeilo, south Wales, is fighting for her life after a bad fall at Fakenham Racecourse on Sunday and is being treated at the neurology ward in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

She is no longer receiving any medical sedation and whilst she is breathing through a ventilator she is now able to make some attempt at breathing herself.

Lisa Hancock, chief executive of The Injured Jockeys Fund, said today: 'The family was able to have a lengthy conversation with one of Isabel's doctors this afternoon and were reassured to hear that she is showing some positive signs. She is able to move all of her limbs independently.

'The whole family has been amazed at the level of support they are receiving from the whole racing community.'

Three-time champion jockey Richard Dunwoody MBE, has described Tompsett as 'an intelligent and genuinely wonderful person.'

In an article for the website sportinglife.com, Dunwoody writes: 'Isabel is held in the highest esteem by just about all of the welsh trainers. The close-knit Welsh racing community has been left devastated by her life-threatening injuries.

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'An intelligent and genuinely wonderful person, Isabel is an excellent horse women - the champion female amateur over jumps in the 2009 to 2010 season - and is always full of smiles.'