Apprentice jockey breaks back in Tauranga fall

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 13:04 03/01/2013
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An Auckland jockey is in Tauranga Hospital with a broken back only days after another jockey was killed in a race fall.

Jenny Whiteside, 27, was thrown from her horse 450 metres from the finish line during the Tauranga gallops meeting yesterday. The hospital listed her condition as stable.

Whiteside's accident comes after popular jockey Ashlee Mundy died when she fell from the horse she was riding at the Kurow races on December 30.

Whiteside broke several bones in her back and neck, but her manager Shaun Cloworthy was optimistic she would be riding again soon.

"We're not sure of the extent of her injuries, but she texted me saying she'd be up and around in about six weeks," he said.

"I don't think there's any issue with paralysis or anything like that, it's just a few bangs and some fractures."

She hopes to get back to her home in Karaka soon, he said.

Cloworthy said he was unsure exactly how the fall happened.

"Whether the horse has clipped heels and broken its shoulder in the running before coming down, we're not sure," said Cloworthy.

Stipendary stewards panel chairman John Oatham said he had started the process of talking to the riders involved and studying the video footage of the race.

HONOURING A FRIEND

A close friend of Mundy's will race in black silks, with a silver fern on the chest, in her honour.

Mundy's parents and close friends, Rikki Jamieson and Laura Cheshire, came up with the design, which was revealed on a Facebook memorial page for the 26-year-old yesterday.

The page said Jamieson would wear the colours for some of her rides at the Gold Coast races on January 19.

"So in a way Ashlee will indeed be racing again this week," a comment on the memorial page said.

Leonie Patterson said on the page: "That's awesome to know that Ashlee will get her final ride."

The Jockey Ashlee Marie Mundy Memorial page was launched on Monday. Mundy's horse fell after clipping heels, and she fell into the path of the following horses and was run over.

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She was taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital but failed to recover and her life support was switched off in the presence of family and close friends.

Her funeral will be held in her hometown of Westport tomorrow.

- The Press

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