Jockey Darren Jones killed in three-horse fall in New South Wales
A jockey has died and another is in a serious condition in hospital after a three-horse fall at New South Wales track Warialda on Saturday.
Darren Jones, 48, died after falling from favourite Montague Clan in the third race of the day, his horse coming down along with True Commitment, ridden by apprentice Melanie Bolwell and Achanizo, ridden by Leanne Henry.
Described as a popular figure among the Hunter and North West region of NSW, Jones had ridden 21.5 winners this season as well as 40 placegetters. His last winner was aboard Maybegrey at Narromine on 2 April 2017.
"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Darren’s family and friends," said Mr Peter V’landys, Racing NSW chief executive.
Bolwell, meanwhile, suffered serious head injuries in the fall and is yet to regain consciousness, according to Racing NSW, while Henry was reported to be suffering general soreness.