THE young jockey seriously injured in a fall at Tamworth on Tuesday has been moved out of John Hunter Hospital's intensive care unit, after a harrowing few days for family and friends.
Racing NSW safety officer Maurice Logue said 27-year-old Hari "Harry" Singh continued to make steady improvements, after he suffered severe head injuries and two broken vertebrae in the accident, and was yesterday moved to a ward.
The organisation is working to bring Mr Singh's wife, Abu Tuver, and their daughter, Priya, from their home, about 200km outside Delhi, to his bedside in Newcastle.
Mr Logue said Racing NSW had provided the Department of Immigration with information to help gain Mr Singh's family a visa, which was expected to take about a week to be processed.
Mr Singh's popularity throughout the racing industry has prompted a wave of support following the fall.
"When I first walked into the hospital it was like walking onto a racecourse there was more than a dozen people there from the industry giving their support," Mr Logue said.
"He is a very likeable person, very polite. You would never hear anyone say a bad word about Harry."
Mr Singh moved from India to the Hunter Valley more than five years ago, starting work as a stablehand before getting a start as an apprentice jockey.
He has spent time with trainers Paul Messara (Scone), Jeff Englebrecht (Muswellbrook) and Paul Perry (Newcastle).
"He is a lovely kid. He only just got married. I feel so sorry, because all the time he was with me you couldn't have met a nicer young bloke," Mr Perry said.
"He came down here because he was showing promise in the bush.
"You only had to talk to him once and you knew that all he wanted to do was be a jockey.
"The thing about him is, unlike some other young people in this business, he was willing to learn and work hard."