Jockey and trainer Harriet Bethell fighting for life in coma after accident


Jockey and trainer Harriet Bethell if fighting for her life in hospital after suffering serious head injuries in an accident at her yard.

Bethell, 33, has spent six days in hospital after falling off a horse last Wednesday and is in an induced coma.

Her father, William, gave an emotional interview on At The Races on Wednesday after a horse trained by his daughter, Steel Helmet, won at Lingfield on the flat the previous evening.

He detailed the extent of her injuries and admitted she is in a “life-threatening situation” in Hull Royal Infirmary.


He told Sky Sports: “Harriet had a bad fall on the gallops a week ago and is in intensive care in Hull. She’s in an induced coma and it’s a life-threatening situation.

“She has a bleed in the head, a few bleeds I think, so they have to let her sleep and wake her up in a few days’ time. It’s very difficult being positive because the words out of the hospital are not great.”

William Bethell added runners from their yard, which has had six Flat winners this year, will continue to showcase the hard work of his daughter as she fights for her life.

“She’s done all the work,” he told added.

“We only have three running and one on the runway and they just win; she’s had three winners in the last month.

“We thought we better keep them running for the next month or so while they’re running in her form that she trained them and then we’ll see how she is.”

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