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Injured Vic jockeys released from hospital

Two jockeys recently injured in Victorian race falls have been released from hospital to recuperate at home.

However jumps jockey Braidon Small and flat jockey John Keating will be on the sidelines for sometime as they recover from their injuries.

Small underwent head surgery following a fall in a hurdle race at Pakenham on April 14.

He initially returned home to Warrnambool but later that night was taken to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital to undergo surgery.

Keating suffered stable fractures to his T4 and T7 vertebrae as well as a high neck fracture following a fall after winning a race at Wangaratta last Wednesday.

A Victorian Jockeys’ Association statement said Keating did not require surgery but would be in a back and neck brace for six weeks while Small’s head injury needed long-term rest.

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