Jockey Chad Lever "extremely lucky" to escape long-term damage from Scone fall | video

Chad Lever

Chad Lever

Jockey Chad Lever has been described as extremely lucky after coming through with no long-term injuries from a race fall at Scone.

Lever was in the neurology ward of John Hunter Hospital on Wednesday after his fall on Tuesday. Lever was near the rear of the field on Anticipate, trained by Newcastle’s Jason Deamer, in race five when they fell heavily approaching the home turn. 

The former South Australian hoop was taken to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with concussion, facial fractures, a nasty wound above his eye and pain in his jaw and thumb.

Racing NSW’s Dr David Duckworth told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday night that Lever will be taken to Sydney in the coming days to see a specialist about his fractures and he was having the head gash stitched that night.

Duckworth earlier said Lever had a small bleed on his brain that would not need surgery and he was extremely lucky to come away with no long-term injuries. He said Lever, who had fiancee and fellow jockey Claire Nutman by his side, was “doing better and is a lot more alert”. 

Daniel Pitomac, who was riding beside Lever when he fell, also went to John Hunter Hospital for back scans after a later barrier trial fall at Scone on Tuesday.

Racing NSW steward Danny Greer reported that Pitomac was dislodged shortly after the start when his mount Murdle Court bucked.

Pitomac was initially taken to Scone Hospital with lower back pain.

Deamer was not at the track but was told Tuesday night that Anticipate, a four-year-old gelding, was “OK” after the fall.