Australian jockey Dean Holland died on Monday from injuries sustained in a fall during a race in the regional state of Victoria, Racing Victoria said.
The state’s horse racing authorities said Holland, 34, was one of two jockeys separated from their horses in the opening race of a meeting at Donald Racecourse.
He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. The other rider, Alana Kelly, escaped serious injury. Two horses — Headingley, ridden by Holland, and Time to Rumble, ridden by Kelly — were unharmed, Racing Victoria said.
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Posted by Racing Victoria on Monday, April 24th, 2023
“Donald had a tragic accident today and we are all deeply shocked and saddened that Dean has passed away,” Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones said in a statement. “Dean was a gifted lightweight rider who … was highly respected by his peers.
“Dean’s passing is heartbreaking for all in Victorian racing and the sport nationally.”
Holland won a Group 1 race aboard a horse called In Secret in the Newmarket Handicap over 1,200m at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne last month. Racing.com lists Holland as having 1,080 career wins and more than $32,000,000 in career prize money.
He started racing in 2005 and took his first win in January 2006 at Ceduna in regional South Australia.
Victoria State Police was preparing a report for Corona.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Holland was near the end when his horse, Headingley, went into the inside rail.
Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA) chief executive Matt Hyland said “Dean was a much-loved member of the riding group here in Victoria and as he traveled interstate, and his colleagues will all be devastated by the news of his death”. said
Racing photo via Leonie Grobic/Getty Images
It comes less than a year after Holland’s death Jockey Taiki Yanagida has died After suffering head and spinal injuries in a fall during a race in New Zealand.
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