Rocky jockey hospitalised



SENIOR Rockhampton jockey John Camilleri was in Rockhampton Hospital last night after being knocked out in a fall from a bucking horse at Callaghan Park racecourse.

Camilleri, who had earlier in the morning won two barrier trials, was riding the Tom Bartlemtrained Merieka Lass in an eductional jumpout heat.

Merieka Lass bucked shortly after leaving the barriers, catapulting Camilleri high into the air before he landed on the track striking his head with the blow fortunately cushioned somewhat by his skull cap.

Ambulance officers and barrier staff rushed to his aid but the jockey was unconscious.

After several minutes he regained consciousness but was incoherent and unaware of his whereabouts.

He was taken by ambulance and admitted to Rockhampton Hospital.

Yesterday afternoon Rockhampton's chief steward Paul Gillard said he had received advice, apparently from a family member, that Camilleri might be airlifted to a Brisbane hospital.

"There was some concern from the caller and I believed it to be genuine, that John may have sustained some bleeding on the brain and he could be airlifted to Brisbane,'' Mr Gillard said.

Late yesterday, a Rockhampton Hospital spokesperson said Camilleri was in a stable condition but was unable to confirm whether he was being flown to Brisbane.

Camilleri has ridden in most parts of country and provincial Queensland.



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