Lorna Brooke Bio, Wiki
Lorna Brooke is a 37-year-old amateur rider who died after Orchestrated on April 8th and later died in hospital on April 19th. Brooke was riding Orchestrated for her mother, Lady Susan Brooke. She was 37 years old.
Brooke had ridden in more than 400 races, mostly for her mother, who was based in Llandrindod Wells, since she started riding in public and had partnered 17 winners in Britain and Ireland since the 2001-02 season.
She enjoyed her highest-profile success in the inaugural Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Moonlone Lane for Paul Stafford in 2015. A 25-1 chance, Moonlone Lane had failed to win in a 26-race career up to that point, but Brooke guided him home in front, with prominent female riders Katie Walsh, Lizzie Kelly, Rachael Blackmore, and Nina Carberry all finishing in her wake.
Lorna Brooke Death & Cause
The 37-year-old was taken to intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol for observation and tests on a suspected spinal injury. After complications, she was placed in an induced coma on Friday, April 16th. A statement from the Injured Jockeys Fund on Monday said: “It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday.
“Her family thank everyone for their kindness in the last few weeks, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional. “They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna’s life once Covid restrictions allow.”
A minute’s silence was held before Monday’s British race meetings. Jockeys wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Fellow amateur jockey David Maxwell was among those to pay tribute. “Amateurs do it for love – the love of the game and more importantly the love of the horse,” he said. “There’s such passion in the sport. At the amateur level nobody has to do it. Lorna was at the forefront of the Corinthians.”
The 20-time champion jockey Sir AP McCoy paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Heartbreakingly sad news. Thoughts and prayers with her family. RIP Lorna.”
Jockey Lorna Brooke has tragically died following her fall at Taunton earlier this month.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/X7mqpIHBkc
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) April 19, 2021