Marzuki hospitalised after fall

Hairi Marzuki notching the first of his 19 New Zealand wins when scoring aboard the grey mare Thee Auld Floozie at Rotorua.

Former Cambridge apprentice Hairi Marzuki has undergone two operations in Singapore following a race fall at Kranji on Sunday evening.

The 31-year-old was aboard Chariots Of Fire in a 1200-metre race and has suffered serious head injuries.

Marzuki, who rides in Singapore under the christian name Khalid, rode 19 winners in New Zealand for Stephen Marsh and subsequently transferred his apprenticeship in May to the Cambridge trainer’s father, Bruce.

“They operated on him on Sunday then had to operate again at 3am this morning and they’re happier now,” said Bruce Marsh.

“It was to relieve bleeding on the brain. He’s a little bit conscious when they’re turning him in bed and his family are around him.

“I went up to see him and the family, who are very close knit. He will be heavily sedated for some time, I would think.”

– NZ Racing Desk.