Female Jockey Killed In Tragic Accident

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2019

The 22-year-old woman was riding during routine trackwork when she fell about 4.35am on Friday morning.

"Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Mikaela's family, friends and fellow riders who we are supporting in association with Racing Victoria and the National Jockeys Trust".

WorkSafe is investigating the death, which occurred before dawn at Cranbourne, in Melbourne's south-east.

It said track work was canceled after the death of the jockey, Mikaela Claridge.

"We are all going to miss Mikaela's bright smile and positive attitude".

Friends and family have mourned the sudden death of the talented athlete on social media, leaving heartwarming messages. You were taken to soon attractive girl, with a gorgeous smile, ' a Facebook post read.

"She's a young girl, a 22-year-old that had her life ahead of her", he said.

'Just gutted. So terribly sad to hear of this bad accident, ' another Facebook user wrote.

'What a ideal and emotional couple of weeks!

"The most magical day imaginable to marry my dream husband", the happy bride wrote.

"It is with great sadness that Racing Victoria (RV) confirms that a female jockey has tragically passed away following an incident at the Cranbourne Training Centre this morning", a statement from RV said. She was a much loved and valuable member of the racing community and her sad passing is being felt by many within our industry today'.

After suffering from a back injury, her career as a jockey was put on hold, during which she made a decision to begin her studies in Primary Education.

After injury interrupted her career, Claridge returned to riding in 2018 and won her first race in September.

She had since won 28 more races, the most recent on July 11.

Trackwork at the centre was closed and assistance was being offered to the jockey's family and the local racing community, the RV statement said.

"The Cranbourne Turf Club, they're feeling it, everyone's feeling it but no one's feeling it more than her family and friends".

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