A JOCKEY is said to be fighting 'critical injuries' after a fall just two days before a fellow rider was 'trampled to death' in a race.
Indian jockey Irvan Singh was rushed to intensive care after falling off his horse in a race in Chennai on New Year's Day.
Singh, one of the country's top riders, was aboard 18-1 shot Chaitanya, when it fell after stumbling mid-race, according to reports.
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B R Sharan Kumar, a leading racing journalist in India, posted a message saying Singh was 'fighting critical injuries'.
A report on mid-day.com said Singh, 30, was 'recuperating' in intensive care and Kumar later added the jockey's condition had 'stabilised'.
Singh's incident came two days before tragic Jitendra Singh was killed during a race.
It was claimed at the time that the 24-year-old, from northern India, was trampled just seconds into the contest.
Chaderghat inspecter of police P Sateesh said: "About ten seconds into the race Jitendra fell from the horse, Gold Label.
"He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.
"We suspect that he was trampled by horses and suffered internal injuries."
However, it has now been claimed that Singh died after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Fans were in shock at the news of his death and posted their condolences online.
One said: "Tragic news coming in from Hyderabad, jockey Jitendra Singh who was on Gold Label who went down in the fourth race has passed away! RIP."
Another posted: "Absolutely devastating news to start off 2021 – Hyderabad racing today – jockey Jitendra Singh who was on Gold Label who went down in the 4th race has passed away!
"RIP – what a sad day – puts everything into perspective! Thoughts are with Indian racing today."
Racing has endured a sombre end to 2020 and start to 2021.
Much loved trainer Zoe Davison sadly lost her battle against cancer aged 60 on Sunday – the same day she sent out to two winners at Plumpton.
And billionaire magnate JP McManus has withdrawn all his future runners following the shock death of his 40-year-old daughter-in-law.
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