Apprentice jockey Ashley Frye is out of an induced coma and is increasingly responsive following a fall at the Ashburton races on March 14.
Her partner Matt Cropp, also a jockey, said on Thursday “there’s been a huge improvement” in the condition of the top South Island apprentice.
He said when he arrived to see her at Christchurch Hospital “she gave me a wave and when I got up close she wanted me to give her a kiss”.
“It’s a great feeling and she’s really responsive and giving the thumbs up. The nurses have said she will probably come out of ICU on Saturday or Sunday.”
Cropp and Frye’s parents Danny and Kay have kept a bedside vigil since the accident.
Ashley Frye was aboard Zulieka in the fourth event at Ashburton when the Iffraaj filly fatally collapsed soon after the start of the race.