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Young female jockey who died when she fell from a horse during accident at a Melbourne racetrack 

Pictured: Young female jockey, 22, who died when she fell from a horse during a horrific accident at a Melbourne racetrack

  • Jockey, 22, fell at Cranbourne Racecourse in city’s south-east on Friday morning
  • Mikaela Claridge suffered fatal injuries when she was dislodged from the horse 
  • Woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious and WorkSafe is investigating 
  • Racing Victoria said no other riders were injured in the incident at about 4.30am 

Mikaela Claridge has been remembered as a beautiful girl with a gorgeous smile after fell from a racehorse and died in a freak accident.

The 22-year-old fell at Cranbourne Racecourse in Melbourne’s south-east while completing trackwork shortly after 4.30am Friday. 

Victorian Jockeys Association confirmed the young apprentice jockey suffered fatal injuries when she was dislodged from the horse while riding on the sand trails. 

Mikaela Claridge has been remembered as a beautiful girl with a gorgeous smile after fell from a racehorse and died in a freak accident

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and WorkSafe, with the cooperation of the Cranbourne Turf club, is investigating the incident.

Racing Victoria said trackwork at the Cranbourne Training Centre was suspended and assistance has been offered to the rider’s family.  

‘It is with great sadness that Racing Victoria confirms that a female jockey has tragically passed away following an incident at the Cranbourne Training Centre this morning,’ the organisation said.

‘Victoria Police and WorkSafe are on-site investigating the circumstances of the incident in which no other riders were injured.’

Twenty jockeys and trackwork riders have died at racecourses in Australia since 2000. 

A trackwork rider told The Herald Sun she arrived at the track at 4.45am to see ambulances at the facility. 

‘I could tell from the atmosphere something wasn’t quite right,’ rider Molly Edwards said.

‘It was horrible. People were crying, it was just so upsetting. For me, I’m a young girl too, that could happen to any of us.

‘It’s just so sad. Just complete freak horrible accident.’ 

Racing Victoria said trackwork at the Cranbourne Training Centre (pictured) has been suspended and assistance has been offered to the rider's family

Racing Victoria said trackwork at the Cranbourne Training Centre (pictured) has been suspended and assistance has been offered to the rider’s family

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