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Amateur rider Thompson is now 'stable' after horror fall.

Byline: Graham Green

AMATEUR jockey Tom Thompson's condition was last night described as 'stable and comfortable' in North Tees Hospital following his horrific fall at Sedgefield on Wednesday, writes Graham Green.

Doctors were planning to bring round Thompson, 18, who has been heavily sedated and on a respirator.

On his first ride in public he was hurled to the ground and suffered a serious head injury.

He appeared to be kicked by another horse after the Micky Hammond-trained Just Tom hit the top of the second flight in the amateurs' handicap hurdle.

Thompson's family, who watched the race, have been left devastated, as have his colleagues at Hammond's stable and Just Tom's owner Andrea Findlay, who supervises the trainer's overflow yard at Coverham, near Middleham.

Findlay said: 'It has really upset me. Tom is a close friend as well, and he came and rode the horse out every day. I feel like getting rid of all my horses and not bothering again.'

Hammond said: 'Tom's family are with him at the hospital and I understand the doctors are going to try to bring him round later today. Hopefully when they do, everything works as it should do.'
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2004
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