Lorna Brooke Biography – Lorna Brooke Wiki
Lorna Brooke was an amateur jockey. Brooke, who rode as a 7lb-claiming amateur, enjoyed a high-profile success when winning the inaugural Ladies Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Moonlone Lane for Paul Stafford in 2015.
A 25-1 chance, Moonlone Lane had gone winless in a 26-race career up to that point, but Brooke guided him home in front, with Katie Walsh, Lizzie Kelly, Rachael Blackmore and Nina Carberry all trailing behind. Moonlone Lane then won next time out at Musselburgh under Brooke.
Brooke partnered 17 winners in Britain and Ireland since the 2001/02 season, riding largely for her mother, but also teaming up with Shropshire-based John Groucott on a regular basis.
One of Brooke’s victories came aboard the Evan Williams-trained Dashing Doc in a lady amateurs’ handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot in 2011 – a race in which Cheltenham Festival and Grand National heroine Blackmore finished third.
Lorna Brooke Age
Lorna Brooke was born in 1983 as Lorna Rosemary Weston Brooke. She died on 18 April 2021. She was 37 years old.
Lorna Brooke Parents
Lorna Brooke’s parents are Lady Susan Brooke and Sir Alistair Brooke, the 4th Baronet Brooke of Almondbury. The title dates back to 1664. Her mother, Lady Susan Brooke, is a racehorse trainer. Her father, Alistair Weston Brooke, became the 4th Baronet Brooke of Almondbury on 19 July 1983.
Lorna Brooke Death – Lorna Brooke Accident
Jockey Lorna Brooke died on Sunday, 18 April 2021 aged 37 following a fall at Taunton Racecourse on Thursday, 8 April 2021, the Injured Jockeys Fund announced. Brooke was riding Orchestrated for her mother, Lady Susan Brooke, when the horse fell at the third fence in the Pontispool Equine Sports Centre Handicap Chase. The 37-year-old was treated on track, before being transferred into an air ambulance. She was taken to intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol for observation and tests on a suspected spinal injury. After complications she was placed in an induced coma on Friday.
On Friday, the Injured Jockeys Fund issued a statement, saying, Brooke was in a “critical, but stable condition” in intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, and had been placed in an induced coma due to “various complications” during the week.
A further statement released on Monday by the IJF confirmed she had died. The statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday. Her family thanks everyone for their kindness in the last few weeks, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional. They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna’s life once Covid restrictions allow.”
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released a statement in light of Brooke’s tragic death. The statement read: “We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic news of Lorna Brooke’s passing. The entire racing community is in mourning today and our thoughts are with Lorna’s family and friends. We ask for the privacy of Lorna’s family to be respected at this time and we await the opportunity to celebrate her young life when restrictions allow.”
The Chief Executie of the BHA, Julie Harrington, said: “Everybody at the BHA is devastated by this news. Lorna was a much-loved member of our sport, in which she and her family are steeped. Lorna demonstrated many of the qualities that make British racing so special. She was a proud competitor and somebody who was driven by an abundance of love not only for the sport but for the horses she competed with. My thoughts, along with everybody else who loves racing, are with Lorna’s family, friends and colleagues at this dreadful time.”
The Racecourse Association said in a statement: “The Racecourse Association (RCA) is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Lorna Brooke’s death as a result of injuries sustained following a fall whilst race-riding at Taunton Racecourse on Thursday 8th April. Our thoughts and condolences are with Lorna’s family and friends during this time. The RCA is in contact with Taunton Racecourse and relevant authorities, offering our support as required. All racecourses racing today will observe a period of silence and display black armbands as a mark of respect to Lorna’s memory.”
Lorna Brooke Family
She is the daughter of Sir Alistair Weston Brooke, the 4th Baronet Brooke of Almondbury, and Susan Mary Griffiths.