RACING fraternities on both sides of the Tasman paid their respects to Ashlee Mundy, who died earlier today in Dunedin following a race fall in the New Zealand south island town of Kurow.
Mundy, 26, endured serious head injuries in the Saturday, which ultimately claimed her life.
While she had ridden in Queensland, mainly at the Gold Coast, Mundy returned home for a working holiday.
New Zealand web site The Informant reported that Mundy had been flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital, where she had been put on life support.
Mundy died earlier today.
Dave Taylor, President of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Association, expressed the sorrow of all jockeys.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” Taylor said.
“ All jockeys riding in race seven tomorrow, New Year’s Day, at the three meetings - Ellerslie, Hastings and Waikouaiti - will be wearing black arm bands and there will be a minute’s silence on-course 20 minutes before the first race to mark her passing.”
New Zealand's Racing Integrity Unit will conduct a review of the incident while Police, who attended the meeting, have also begun preparing a report on the incident
Greg Purcell, Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing said: “All our thoughts are with Ashlee’s family at this terrible time. This is a very sad day for them and for the wider racing community in New Zealand.”
Sydney jockeys Kathy O’Hara and Nathan Berry both Tweeted their condolences.
“Very sad to hear about the tragic loss of Ashlee Mundy after a race fall in New Zealand,” O’Hara tweeted.
“Sometimes we forget that jockeys can pay the ultimate price.”
Berry Tweeted: “RIP Ashlee Mundy. A talented rider and will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.”
According to New Zealand Thoroughbred web site Mundy was apprenticed to Michael Pitman in Christchurch on 2 March 2004 and rode her first winner the same year, on 29 August 2004, on Starkay at Oamaru.
She rode a total of 232 winners in New Zealand including four black type races. She has been riding in Australia for the last few years and had ridden 43 winners in Queensland.