Former jockey Hopwood joins Sky Racing

Former jockey Libby Hopwood will join broadcaster Sky Racing’s stable of presenters.

The 29-year-old is set to start as a form analyst on Sky Thoroughbred Central on August 8.

Hopwood suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken collarbone, a fractured shoulder blade, a fractured vertebra in a career-ending fall in a race at Murray Bridge in October 2014.

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Her close friend Caitlin Forrest died in the incident.

Hopwood was forced to abort a comeback attempt earlier this year when she failed neuro-psychological tests to give her clearance to compete in races.

“I have some ongoing memory deficits from the fall, so it is definitely going to be a challenge, but I was so excited to get the initial phone call from Sky,” Hopwood said.

Hopwood will join other former female jockeys Bernadette Cooper, Priscilla Schmidt and Chantelle Buckley on the network.

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