Racing Community Mourns Death Of Second Jockey In Two Days
Darwin's horse racing community is in mourning after jockey and police constable Melanie Tyndall was killed, just a day after another female rider died in Victoria.
Tyndall's mount Restless appeared to clip the heels of another horse during the third race at Fannie Bay on Saturday and the 32-year-old fell, Thoroughbred Racing NT and the Darwin Turf Club said in a joint statement.
The popular jockey was taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital and died on Saturday evening, sending ripples through the racing community.
Tyndall's death came just a day after apprentice jockey Mikaela Claridge died from injuries suffered in a trackwork accident in Victoria.
TRNT and the Darwin Turf Club are due to hold a media conference on Sunday afternoon, while TRNT chief executive Andrew O'Toole and Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon both paid tribute to the respected rider on Saturday.
Tributes also poured in from the wider racing and police communities.
"Mel was a much-loved and highly respected and successful jockey who had achieved great things in her professional career and outside the world of horse racing," Australian Jockeys Association chairman Des O'Keeffe told AAP.
Trainer Michael Hickmott paid tribute to a "remarkable human being".
"If people only knew the hurdles you conquered in your life to make what you did of yourself," he tweeted.
"We were all so proud of what you achieved. You defied the odds."
Acting NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy assured Tyndall's partner and her father that the police family stood ready to help in whatever way they could.
"Melanie had forged deep and strong ties in our small community and police are providing every possible support to her family," he said in a statement.
Libby Hopwood, who retired after suffering brain injuries in a fall in which a rider was killed, tweeted: "Simply lost for words. Sometimes the price of this industry seems too high."
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