Racing: Sprake in road accident

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TIM SPRAKE is in a stable condition in the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, after being involved in a road accident yesterday morning. The jockey was driving from Marlborough to his home in West Overton, Wiltshire, when his car hit black ice.

Guy Jewell, his agent, said last night: "He's had a brain scan and there is no abnormality, just bad bruising. They have sedated him for 24 hours on a ventilator and then, hopefully, will reduce the sedative."

Sprake, who rode a treble at Wolverhampton on Saturday, has been enjoying his most successful year in the saddle, having completed his maiden century. He is the leading rider on all-weather tracks this term with 18 wins, twice as many as his nearest rival, Pat Eddery.

n The recently retired trainer Peter Walwyn has been elected as an honorary member of the Jockey Club along with Dr Michael Osborne, chairman of the Dubai World Cup Committee. The owners Erik Penser and Jeff Smith have been elected as ordinary members.