01/11/2016: (L-R) Female jockeys Nyssa Burrells, 29, from Mittagong with Tara-Jane Mitchell, 25, Benalla in Victoria, preparing for their next race. Melbourne Cup celebrations are being held at Nowra Racecourse in NSW. Hollie Adams/The Australian
01/11/2016: (L-R) Female jockeys Nyssa Burrells, 29, from Mittagong with Tara-Jane Mitchell, 25, Benalla in Victoria, preparing for their next race. Melbourne Cup celebrations are being held at Nowra Racecourse in NSW. Hollie Adams/The Australian

Jockey has brain surgery after horror fall

APPRENTICE jockey Nyssa Burrells is in an induced coma after suffering a brain injury in a fall at the Warwick Farm jump-outs.

The horse Burrells was riding on Friday morning landed on top of her after it fell.

Nyssa Burrells on Royal Abbey at Randwick this year. Picture: Simon Bullard
Nyssa Burrells on Royal Abbey at Randwick this year. Picture: Simon Bullard

 

Earlier this year Bendigo jockey Donna Philpot was killed in similar circumstances when riding in a jump-out.

Philpot came off her mount and it was reported another horse fell on top of her.

Racing NSW’s Dr David Duckworth said Burrells, 30, was being operated on at Liverpool Hospital to drain a bleed on her brain and was listed in a critical condition.

She also has numerous other injuries that will need to be managed later.

Duckworth said more would be known in the next 24 hours depending how she responds to the brain surgery.

Jockey Nyssa Burrells, who is in an induced coma after a heavy fall this morning, with Tara-Jane Mitchell at Nowra racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day last year.
Jockey Nyssa Burrells, who is in an induced coma after a heavy fall this morning, with Tara-Jane Mitchell at Nowra racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day last year.

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