The accident happened on Sunday afternoon at Eurongilly between Junee and Gundagai. Canberra Racing Club chief executive Peter Stubbs said Kirkup had undergone an operation at the Canberra Hospital on Sunday night and was due to have further surgery on Monday. “I understand Garry has severe abdominal injuries,” Stubbs told RSN927. “Family and friends visited him last night. He is in a critical condition. “Samara was an approved rider and successful picnic jockey and track rider at Canberra.” Johnson, who was in her 20s, regularly rode trackwork in Canberra and was a familiar face at picnic meetings. Vale Samara Johnson - — Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) December 3, 2017 In loving memory of my friend Samara Johnson. You treated me like one of your own kind and always smiling. I’ll look after Gk for you. Keep smiling down on him . Will wear my Winx hat with pride and smile of this pic every time I put it on — Catton Racing (@GeeCeeQld) December 3, 2017 Very sorry to hear of the passing of young jockey Samara Johnson. Thoughts with her family and friends. A horrible tragedy! — Herbert Hodgson (@herberthodgson) December 3, 2017 From the entire team @PatriotsRacing we extend our heartfelt condolences, prayers & support as we are saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Samara Johnson who was involved in a car accident yesterday. Best wishes & strong healing thoughts are also with trainer Gary Kirkup. — Patriots Bloodstock (@PatriotsRacing) December 3, 2017