Dec 31, 2012

New Zealand jockey dies after race fall

The New Zealand racing industry is in mourning after the death of jockey Ashlee Mundy on Monday.
Mundy, 26, suffered fatal injuries in a race fall at Kurow on Sunday. Mundy's mount, Elleaye, clipped a heel of a rival runner approaching the 600-metre mark of the Vale Top and Table Terrace Benchmark R75 Handicap (1400m).

The stricken jockey was airlifted by helicopter to hospital in Dunedin in a critical condition but lost her battle for life on New Year's Eve.

"All our thoughts are with Ashlee’s family at this terrible time. This is a very sad day for them and for the wider racing community in New Zealand,” Greg Purcell, chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, said.

NZTR’s racing integrity unit has opened an investigation into the fall and will issue a report after interviewing jockeys that rode in the race. Local Police have also begun preparing a report on the incident.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” Dave Taylor, president of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Association, said.

"All jockeys riding in race seven tomorrow, New Year’s Day, at the three meetings - Ellerslie, Hastings and Waikouaiti - will be wearing black arm bands and there will be a minute’s silence on-course 20 minutes before the first race to mark her passing.”
Mundy’s death is the first time a New Zealand jockey has died from injuries caused in a race fall for almost nine years. The last rider to suffer the tragic fate was Sam McRae in March 2004.

Clinton Payne 31/12/12

" Ashley will be missed by many through the racing industry, she touched a lot of peoples hearts through her beautiful, kind and fun loving attitude to life. We will never forget you Ashley Rest In Peace you leave many people that love you very much " Brian said