Sydney based jockey Peter Robl has been airlifted to a Newcastle hospital after a fall in the opening race at Scone, reoorts Racing Network. Robl crashed to the turf after being dislodged by the David Vandyke trained In My Image only moments after the start.

Apprentice Rachael Murray also fell from her horse Abbey Mews following intereference from In My Image.

Murray was treated by ambulance officials on course at Scone but no risks have been taken with Robl, who was initially complaining of a loss of feeling below his waist.

"Peter Robl and Rachel Murray have fallen, Rachel appears to have escaped serious injury and will be taken to Scone Hospital for observation," said Racing NSW jockey safety liason Maurice Logue.

"Peter is being treated for suspected spinal injuries and will be airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital as a precautionary measure ASAP."