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Kinane still critical, but progressing.

Byline: Graham Green

CHRIS KINANEhas shown signs of improvement despite still being in a critical condition following the horrific parade-ring accident in which a racehorse kicked him on the head at Wolverhampton on Saturday night, writes Graham Green Kinane, assistant trainer to Ian Williams, remained under sedation in the neurocritical unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham yesterday, but no longer required assistance with his breathing.

The former trainer took the full force of the impact when, in discussion with Jamie Spencer while walking towards his stable's runner Not Amused to leg up the jockey, the passing Ian Sempletrained Saameq, due to contest the same race, suddenly lashed out and felled him.

Kinane, 48, was knocked unconscious and later underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture.

Speaking last night, Williams, having earlier spoken to Kinane's wife Tessa, said: ``She was pleased to tell me Chris has made some positive progress. That is obviously very encouraging news for all the team here and for the many wellwishers who have contacted us over the last 48 hours.''
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2005
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