A second jockey has died in the space of just two days, with 32-year-old Melanie Tyndall falling from her horse Restless at a Darwin racetrack on Saturday.
In a statement released yesterday, Darwin Turf Club said:
“During the running of the third race at Fannie Bay today Melanie’s mount Restless appeared to clip the heels of another runner, she became unbalanced and was dislodged near the 300 metre mark. She received immediate medical assistance from the on course paramedics.”
She was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital, but sadly could not be saved.
“Melanie was a much respected member of the Northern Territory racing family and her sad passing will be felt by many within the industry,” the statement continued.
If people only knew the hurdles you conquered in your life to make what you did of yourself.
We were all so proud of what you achieved. You defied the odds.
You might be gone for now, but we won’t forget you.
Forever in our minds.
RIP Mel. You were a remarkable human being. pic.twitter.com/412pKSH2B4
— Michael Hickmott (@mhbloodstock) August 31, 2019
Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon also paid tribute, saying:
“On behalf of the Darwin Turf Club, Board and Members, we too are deeply saddened by the passing of Melanie, and our sincerest condolences and support is extended to Melanie’s family and friends.”
The death of Melanie Tyndall came just a day after apprentice jockey Mikaela Claridge died from injuries she suffered following a fall in Victoria.
The 22-year-old suffered a fall just after 4.30am, during morning trackwork.
South Australian jockey Eran Boyd says she feels “numb” after the past two days, adding “it’s hard to comprehend losing another friend and fellow rider.”
Like so many others I just feel numb. It’s so hard to comprehend loosing another friend & fellow rider. These past 2 days have absolutely shook our industry. Heaven has gained another angel. RIP Mel💔
— Eran Boyd (@EranWithAnA) August 31, 2019