Mikaela Claridge has been named as the jockey who has lost her life in a trackwork accident at Cranbourne.
Racing Victoria and the Victorian Jockeys Association have confirmed the 22-year-old apprentice died as a result of injuries sustained in the fall on Friday morning.
“Mikaela was dislodged from her horse while riding on the sand trails on the southern side of the Training Centre at approximately 4.35am. She was attended to by the on-course paramedic but was tragically unable to be saved,” RV said.
After injury interrupted her career, Claridge returned to riding in 2018 and won her first race in September last year.
She was indentured to Ken Keys at Cranbourne and won another 28 races, most recently at Sale on July 11.
“On behalf of the Victorian racing industry, I would like to extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Mikaela’s family and friends on the tragic news of her passing as a result of a training accident this morning,” RV chief executive Giles Thompson said.
“Mikaela was a talented young rider who was pursuing a career in the sport she loved. 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.”
WorkSafe is investigating Friday’s incident.