10/15/2014 6:32PM

Australian apprentice jockey dies in spill


Australian apprentice jockey Caitlin Forrest died Wednesday evening as a result of injuries suffered in a four-horse spill earlier that day at Murray Bridge Racecourse. Forrest is the third rider who has died this week as a result of racing or training accidents.

Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye, 26, died of injuries suffered in a training race in Australia on Monday. Tuesday, apprentice jockey Juan Saez, 17, died of head injuries suffered earlier that day in a spill at Indiana Grand racetrack.

Australian media reports stated that Forrest, 19, was injured when her mount broke down while leading a five-furlong turf race. She was believed to have been struck by a trailing horse. Forrest was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Adelaide, where she later died of injuries.

Another rider, Libby Hopwood, was hospitalized because of injuries suffered in the spill.

Forrest had seven wins from 58 mounts this year, including three wins at Jamestown Racecourse on Oct. 4.

Murray Bridge is a small racecourse, near Adelaide, which holds 14 days of racing a year.