Leah Kilner paid an emotional visit to Rob Heathcote’s Eagle Farm stables as she had tears in her eyes and kissed some of her favorite horses.
The injured Queensland apprentice jockey has been discharged from hospital for the first time since her shock fall in Grafton a month ago, receiving permission from doctors to be driven to Eagle Farm by her mother Siobhan Jackson.
There Kilner surprised his racing boss, Rob Heathcote, several Group 1-winning trainers.
“She had tears in her eyes as she walked through the door, it was so beautiful to see her here,” Heathcote said.
“Leah is in rehab at Princess Alexandra Hospital but as she told me this afternoon, ‘the best therapy for me is to visit ‘my horses’.
“As soon as she is strong enough she wants to come to the races but it may still take a while.
“It’s only been a month since the fall, so she’s made a wonderful recovery in such a short time, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Heathcote said Kilner told him:I feel like I’m still in a dream and I haven’t fully woken up from it yet.
Among the horses Kilner stroked and kissed were Heathcote Group 1 winner Startantes, as well as Dusty Tycoon and Danezel.
The latest uplifting news came after Kilner took to social media last week to post photos of herself cuddling her beloved Chihuahua dog, Chanel.
Kilner’s incredible road to recovery has been uplifting for the Australian racing community.
Serious fears arose after her fall from Grafton on July 3, but her recovery was hailed as nothing short of a miracle, although she still has a long way to go.
Originally published as Injured jockey Leah Kilner has been cleared from hospital to visit Rob Heathcote stables