Jockey Vince Halliday is battling serious injuries in hospital in America

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Jockey Vince Halliday is in intensive care battling 'life-altering injuries' following a serious accident on the racecourse.

The Irish rider was rushed to hospital after falling from his horse during a race at Delaware Park in America last Thursday.

Halliday was riding Tua in the final contest of the day, when it clipped heels with a rival.

A statement on the jockey's Facebook page from July 17 said: "Vince was injured in a serious accident during the last race at Delaware Park on July 15. His mount clipped heels and somersaulted over him, and then they both were trampled by a trailing horse.

"Vince is now in the ICU at Christiana Hospital (Newark) with significant and life-altering injuries, including two brain bleeds, fractured scapula, multiple thoracic fractures (including a compression fracture of the T7), fractured C4, fractured elbow, and many more."

Halliday was injured when he fell from his horse during a race

His wife Stephanie told the Irish Mirror : "Vince is currently in ICU and is on a ventilator as he is not breathing on his own.

"When this first happened he was unable to move his arms (due to the fractures) but we got some movement on Saturday.

"Fortunately, he will not require surgery for his injuries.

"So far he has been unable to pass the breathing tests required to get him off the ventilator."

Latest updates state that Halliday had the breathing tube removed but he had to be reintubated because his oxygen levels dropped too low.

Medics also found he had suffered another fracture to his chest area.

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Stephanie added: “He's tough and will do anything to rehab. The nurses all remark on how strong he is.”

Friends and supporters in the racing industry have donated $18,795 towards his recovery.

Many have left messages for Vince and his family on a Go Fund Me page.

One said: "I have been thinking about Stephanie and Vince constantly. Sending love and light for a fast and full recovery Xx"

Another wrote: "Praying for a speedy recovery."

A third added: "Thinking of you guys, sending prayers from Maryland."

Halliday has ridden 45 winners on the racecourse during his time in America.

Originally from Belfast, he moved over there in 2008 and has competed in more than 1,000 races.

Overall he has earned nearly £900,000, with £222,000 of that figure amassed in 2019, his best season to date.