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Victorian jockey in coma after fall

Retired apprentice rider Stephen Brown Jr was airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital on Wednesday in an induced coma following a fall at the Wangaratta jumpouts.

The 20-year-old, 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.

Racing Victoria released the following statement on Wednesday morning:

"Racing Victoria can confirm that licensed track rider Stephen Brown Jr has been airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital following a fall at the Wangaratta jumpouts this morning," the statement said.

"Stephen received immediate medical care from the on-course paramedic and was placed in an induced coma prior to transport.

"RV will provide further updates on Stephen's condition once known."

More details to follow.
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