Australian racing is mourning the tragic passing of Tamworth-based jockey Darren Jones who was killed in a three-horse race fall at Warialda in New South Wales on Saturday.
Jones, 48, fell when aboard favourite Montague Clan in race three, a 1000m handicap, with the horse coming down along with True Commitment (apprentice Melanie Bolwell) and Achanizo (Leanne Henry).
“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Darren’s family and friends,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys.
A popular member of the NSW Jockeys’ Association, Jones had ridden hundreds of winners across the state during his career, including feature successes in the South Grafton Cup, Coonabarabran Cup and Moree Cup.
Racing NSW reported that Leanne Henry is suffering general soreness while Melanie Bolwell was momentarily unconscious, with both transported to Warialda Hospital for treatment.