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Brown Jr remains in ICU following fall

Retired apprentice rider Stephen Brown Jr remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Thursday, with confirmation he has suffered two punctured lungs, three broken ribs, a crack in his neck and potential brain trauma.

Brown Jr was airlifted to Melbourne in an induced coma following a fall at the Wangaratta jumpouts on Wednesday.

Victorian Jockeys' Association chief executive Matt Hyland said on Thursday afternoon that he'd again spoken to Brown Jr's family, who confirmed the 20-year-old hadn't had surgery yet, with doctors wanting to monitor his condition for the next few days.

"He has suffered some serious injuries but the family is of course hopeful of a full recovery and obviously now it's really just a wait-and-see period and see what the doctors say after they've had a few days to monitor him," Hyland said.

Brown Jr, who is the son of Flemington and Darwin trainer Stephen Brown, was the tallest jockey in the land at well over six feet when he had his last race ride at The Valley back in November of last year.

He no longer holds a jockeys' licence but is a registered track rider. Brown began his apprenticeship in 2015 and rode a total of 40 winners.
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