Racing community rallies for injured Toowoomba jockeys

UPDATE 3.45PM: The Darling Downs community is rallying to support two jockeys who remain in intensive care after a freak accident.

An online fundraiser is gaining support for the family of Wade Clasohm, one of the riders seriously injured in a freak accident at Clifford Park early Saturday morning.

According to the fundraiser, Mr Clasohm will "be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life" after the horse he was riding was fallen on by another horse which broke its leg.

That horse was ridden by Ben Saunders.

Both men are in hospital and undergoing treatment.

It comes as the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission launches an investigation into the incident which occurred about 4.30am Saturday before Toowoomba's biggest race event of the year, the Weetwood race meet.

QRIC Commissioner Ros Barnett said the incident was under investigation.

"There were two horses involved," he said.

"One of the horses, an unnamed two-year-old, broke down and was euthanased.

"The second horse, a three-year-old, escaped serious injury.

"The normal process for an incident of this nature would involve officials from the race club notifying stewards to investigate.

"On this occasion, the Toowoomba stewards were on site shortly after the incident occurred, they were there to inspect the track for the Toowoomba Weetwood race meeting later that day, and commenced investigations into the fall.

"My thoughts are with the injured track riders and their families at this time."

INTENSIVE CARE: Trackwork riders Ben Saunders and former jockey Wade Clasohm have been rushed to Brisbane after suffering spinal injuries.
INTENSIVE CARE: Trackwork riders Ben Saunders and former jockey Wade Clasohm have been rushed to Brisbane after suffering spinal injuries. File

11.30AM: Ben Saunders and Wade Clasohm are in intensive care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital this morning after a fall at Clifford Park.

Both men are ventilated and sedated, but still in a stable condition. 

Mr Saunders and Mr Clasohm were taken to the Toowoomba Hospital with suspected spinal injuries at 4.29am on Saturday after a horse fell and the two horses the men were riding collided.

EARLIER: Toowoomba track work riders Ben Saunders and Wade Clasohm are in intensive care after a fall at Clifford Park before Saturday's Weetwood Handicap race meeting.

Mr Saunders and Mr Clasohm were taken to the Toowoomba Hospital with suspected spinal injuries at 4.29am after a horse was believed to have broken its leg, causing the two horses the men were riding to collide.

They were later taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, where they are now being treated.

Mr Saunders has a long association with trainer Kevin Kemp's stables and Mr Clasohm has been a track work jockey at Clifford Park after giving up race riding.

Toowoomba Turf Club chairman Kent Woodford said Mr Saunders and Mr Clasohm had a long association with the club.

"On behalf of the Toowoomba Turf Club, we wish them all the best," he said.

Mr Saunders and Mr Clasohm's fall happened just hours before thousands of patrons headed to Clifford Park for the Weetwood Day event.

A relative of Mr Saunders posted on social media, stating the two men's situation was serious.



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