One of the Midlands top horse trainers was in a critical condition last night after he received a kick in the head at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Chris Kinane an assistant trainer to Ian Williams, was in the process of legging up a jockey riding Not Amused in the Great Entertainment At Dunstall Park Handicap on Saturday when he was kicked by another horse.

The 48-year-old underwent an operation and is now at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital's neuro-critical zone.

Kinane joined Williams's West Midlands stable in 2001, having previously been trainer of the late Geoff Hubbard's horses. He saddled Strong Promise to finish third in the 2000 Cheltenham Gold Cup.