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AustraliaRacing community mourns Darwin jockey

23:05  31 august  2019
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Darwin's horse racing community is in mourning after jockey and police constable Melanie Tyndall was killed, just a day after another female rider died in Victoria.

Racing community mourns Darwin jockey© ABC NEWS Racing community mourns Darwin jockey Tyndall's mount Restless appeared to clip the heels of another horse during the third race at Fannie Bay on Saturday and the 32-year-old fell, Thoroughbred Racing NT and the Darwin Turf Club said in a joint statement.

The popular jockey was taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital and died on Saturday evening, sending ripples through the racing community.

Tyndall's death came just a day after apprentice jockey Mikaela Claridge died from injuries suffered in a trackwork accident in Victoria.

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TRNT and the Darwin Turf Club are due to hold a media conference on Sunday afternoon, while TRNT chief executive Andrew O'Toole and Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon both paid tribute to the respected rider on Saturday.

Tributes also poured in from the wider racing and police communities.

"Mel was a much-loved and highly respected and successful jockey who had achieved great things in her professional career and outside the world of horse racing," Australian Jockeys Association chairman Des O'Keeffe told AAP.

Trainer Michael Hickmott paid tribute to a "remarkable human being".

"If people only knew the hurdles you conquered in your life to make what you did of yourself," he tweeted.

"We were all so proud of what you achieved. You defied the odds."

Acting NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy assured Tyndall's partner and her father that the police family stood ready to help in whatever way they could.

"Melanie had forged deep and strong ties in our small community and police are providing every possible support to her family," he said in a statement.

Libby Hopwood, who retired after suffering brain injuries in a fall in which a rider was killed, tweeted: "Simply lost for words. Sometimes the price of this industry seems too high."

Jockey who died after fall farewelled.
Melanie Tyndall, 32, was dislodged from her horse after it clipped the heel of a rider during a race. Constable Tyndall's father, Chris Tyndall, said his daughter was an "incredible woman" who will be "sadly missed". © Supplied Constable Melanie Tyndall with her father Chris. Mr Tyndall, his daughter Jodie, and Constable Tyndall's partner, Tony, were joined by people from across the country for the ceremony at the Darwin Turf Club. "Mel was so highly respected," Mr Tyndall said. While Constable Tyndall was a passionate and dedicated rider, Mr Tyndall said she always put her family first.

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