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Top jockey Matt Griffiths in intensive care following car crash

The accident involving Matt Griffiths, who celebrated his first Grade 1 winner at Ascot last season aboard Dashel Drasher, happened on Sunday near Exmoor in Somerset

Jump jockey Matt Griffiths is in a critical condition in hospital after being involved in a fatal car crash.

Griffiths, 31, was severely injured in the single-vehicle collision, which claimed the life of his passenger, near Exmoor in Somerset on Sunday.

The jockey was rushed to hospital where he remains in intensive care, the Injured Jockeys’ Fund confirmed in a statement.

“There was a fatal car accident yesterday near Exford on Exmoor,” the statement read.

“National Hunt jockey Matt Griffiths was involved in this and having been taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol is now in a stable but critical condition.

“His family have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”



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A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We’re investigating a single-vehicle fatal collision which happened on the B3224 at Exford on Sunday.

“At about 8.45pm, a BMW 430 with two occupants was in collision with a tree. The passenger, a 27-year-old man, sadly died at the scene from his injuries.

“The driver, a 31-year-old man, suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital. The road was closed while an investigation was carried out at the scene, and re-opened at just after 4.30am on Monday.”









Griffiths won his first Grade 1 race aboard the Jeremy Scott-trained Dashel Drasher last season, in February’s Ascot Chase at the royal venue. He also enjoyed a rewarding partnership with leading hurdler Bear Ghylls.

Griffiths, who had his first ride on the track in December 2008, has won 139 races from 1,300 appearances, with his best campaigns numerically coming in 2011-12 and 2018-19 when he had 18 winners.



Jockey Matt Griffiths, pictured riding Dashel Dasher, is in intensive care following a car crash
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His most regular supporter has been Somerset-based trainer Scott, who has provided the jockey with over half of his career victories including Dashel Drasher eight months ago.

The pair raced clear of Master Tommytucker to give Griffiths a triumph at the highest level.

He also finished second in the Welsh National riding The Two Amigos and was last seen competing at Worcester on September 28.

Griffiths had been due to ride at Chepstow’s first big fixture of the jumps campaign on Friday.




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