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Jockey Drowne in hospital after Jwala suffers fatal fall

ESPN staff
December 8, 2013
Jwala was a shock 40/1 winner of the Grade One Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August © PA Photos

British sprint racehorse Jwala has died following a fall in the Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday, which left jockey Steve Drowne with a suspected broken collarbone and punctured lung.

Trained by Robert Cowell, Jwala pushed the leaders before weakening in the final furlongs. The four-year-old filly was due to retire after Sunday's sprint at Sha Tin, but suffered fatal injuries after falling.

It is another big blow for rider Drowne, who returned from a year on the sidelines in March after getting the all-clear to ride again. The jockey had fainted twice last year, before being found to suffer from an enlarged heart.

Drowne combined with Jwala to provide a shock 40/1 win in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August.

"We're devastated. Steve has been taken to hospital and we just hope he is all right," trainer Cowell said on Twitter. "Jwala was a special racehorse. I am especially proud to have been part of her life."

In the Hong Kong Mile, 1,000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern could not provide the retiring Richard Hannon with a winning send off - Sky Lantern finished last of the 14 runners.

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