Victoria Races Back On After Jockey Death

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Mikaela Claridge

The racing community is heading back to the track following the death of an apprentice after a fall during routine trackwork a day earlier.

, 22, died from undisclosed injuries suffered when she fell from her horse during routine trackwork on Friday.

Officials had called off Friday's race meeting after the incident to give the industry a “chance to take a breath” and come together to reflect on the Ms Claridge's death.

But racing is due to resume on Saturday.

“Mikaela was an extremely popular girl and she was embarking on what was going to be a successful career, and she was just finding her feet and getting going,” Victorian Jockeys Association president Matt Hyland said.

He would not speculate on the cause of the fall on the sand trails at .

Ms Claridge, who was married in March, resumed her apprenticeship in 2018 after a series of injuries and won her first race in September last year.

She transferred to trainer at Cranbourne and won another 28 races, most recently at Sale on July 11.

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