Top jockey Matt Griffiths in stable but critical condition following fatal car crash

By Robert Hynes

Grade One-winning jockey Matt Griffiths is in a “stable but critical” condition following a fatal car crash in England on Sunday.

Griffiths was travelling along a road near Exford, a village on Exmoor, when the crash happened.

He was taken to a hospital in Bristol for treatment.

A statement released by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund on Monday evening read: “There was a fatal car accident yesterday near Exford on Exmoor.

“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.”

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.

Jockey Matt Griffiths (PA)

"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 partnered Dashel Drasher to success in the Grade One Ascot Chase in February for trainer Jeremy Scott, who has been his biggest supporter.

It was the culmination of a three-race winning streak at Ascot for the pair, who beat Master Tommytucker by two lengths.

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