Michael Walker still in an induced coma

Jockey Michael Walker has ridden 25 Gr 1 winners in an illustrious career on both sides of the Tasman and in Asia.

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Jockey Michael Walker has ridden 25 Gr 1 winners in an illustrious career on both sides of the Tasman and in Asia.

Former top New Zealand jockey Michael Walker remains in an induced coma after a fall in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Walker, who grew up in Waitara and has ridden multiple group one winners across both sides of the Tasman, was airlifted to hospital following a fall at Pakenham jumpouts.

Walker’s manager Liam Prior told News Corp the jockey was placed in an induced coma to stabilize him following the accident.

The Victorian Jockeys’ Association has confirmed scans at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne cleared Walker of internal injuries.

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Walker only returned to the saddle in May after spending more than a year on the sidelines with a leg injury that also required the rider to have surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

In 2009, he suffered serious head injuries following a hunting accident after he tumbled down a steep bank then over a 10-meter bluff near Ahititi in north Taranaki.

He has since racked up 843 winners in New Zealand and Australia.

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