The Victoria rider Dean Holland died after falling during a race at a country meet on Monday.
The 34-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition after his horse collapsed during the opening race at Donald, northwest of Melbourne.
Just after 4 o’clock, Victoria Police announced his death. Around 1.30 pm, the man fell while competing in a race on Racecourse Road. He was treated by paramedics but tragically died there and then.
A report has been sent to Work Safe, who will investigate. There is no investigation into the causes of death.
The police are preparing a report for the coroner after a jockey died in Donald, according to a police statement.
All four of his children, aged under five, are in the care of his wife Lucy.
Out of respect for the family, Racing Victoria has rescheduled the Anzac Day meetings at Moe and Flemington.
We are all shocked and saddened by Dean’s loss due to fall injuries. It was a horrible accident at Donald’s today.
“Dean was a talented lightweight rider who amassed over 1000 victories and earned respect from his contemporaries. When he won the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington last month, he displayed his prodigious skill on the highest stage.
“Everyone involved in Victorian racing and the sport, in general, is devastated by Dean’s passing. It serves as a somber reminder of our riders’ extraordinary bravery.
It is the most recent in a recent string of serious falls at Victorian meetings.
Leading Melbourne jockeys Teo Nugent, Craig Williams, Ethan Brown, and Jamie Kah all spent time in the hospital after collapsing during significant events.