Meanwhile in … Wellington: ‘significant improvement’ for G1 winner Rosie Myers

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Rosie Myers: out of induced coma but set for long road to recovery after facial surgery. Photo: Trish Dunell

‘She is tough!’ says husband as rider undergoes facial surgery

New Zealand: Some welcome news arrives from New Zealand, where injured jockey Rosie Myers is reportedly showing “significant improvement” after her horrible fall at the Foxton trials earlier this month.

G1-winning rider Myers, who was flown to Wellington hospital in an induced coma after the accident on October 6, was kicked in the head while on the ground after being dropped following the trial. After 11 days in the ICU, she was moved to Lower Hutt Hospital and had facial surgery.

According to husband William Fell, the popular 33-year-old is now able to communicate with family members, though she isn’t easy to understand and her face is “swollen and sore”.

“Rosie is making some good little steps forward every day, which is really positive,” said Fell, speaking to the NZ Herald, adding that she will now go to a clinic that specialises in brain injury rehab.

“It has been a long road to get here but we have been really thankful for all the support. It’s just good to know we are going in the right direction – she is tough!”

In a career that started in 2006-07, Myers has ridden 650 winners, among them five G1 events. 

Video messages of support have flooded in under the banner #youvegotthisrosie. The team at have compiled them into a video, a short version of which can be seen on their Facebook page.

• Watch the Rosie Myers support video on Facebook

• More from New Zealand at the NZ Racing News website and the LoveracingNZ website

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