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Jockey dies after race fall, Darwin Cup canceled

August 5, 2013

DARWIN, Australia (AP) — The Darwin Cup was canceled after a female jockey died following a fall near the finish of the sixth race on Monday.

Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon said Simone Montgomerie fell from her mount, Riahgrand, and sustained “traumatic injuries.”

The 26-year-old Montgomerie was treated by doctors at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital in northern Australia.

“It is with great regret that we were advised by the family that Simone passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dixon said. “Stewards agreed it was best to abandon the meeting in order to begin an investigation into this tragic event.

“As far as the Darwin Turf Club is concerned, she was our family, and we’re all devastated by this accident.”

Montgomerie was a seasoned jockey who had been racing in the Northern Territory since 2010 and had ridden 51 winners in her 373 starts before Monday, when she was scheduled to ride in two races.

Her father, Peter Montgomerie, trained 2005 Melbourne Cup runner-up On A Jeune.

Adam Giles, the Northern Territory’s chief minister, said Montgomerie “was a champion jockey at the top of her game and a pioneer of women in racing who will be sorely missed.”

“This is a sad day for the Australian racing industry,” Giles said.

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