Simone Montgomery (1986-2013) dies during Darwin Cup event, first woman to die in a horse race
DARWIN, Australia — Tragedy struck during the Darwin Cup.
Simone Montgomerie, 26, died after she fell from her mount, Riahgrand, and was trampled by a half-dozen other horses.
Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon said Ms. Montgomerie sustained “traumatic injuries” in the home straight.
She was treated by doctors at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital. She died at the hospital.
“It is with great regret that we were advised by the family that Simone passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dixon said. “Stewards agreed it was best to abandon the meeting in order to begin an investigation into this tragic event.”
As far as the Darwin Turf Club is concerned, she was our family, and we’re all devastated by this accident.”
Ms. Montgomerie won 27 times in 2012. She is the first female jockey killed while horse racing.
Ms. Montgomerie would have been 27 later this year.
I really hate to say this, but I really do not think that Australian horse racing will ever recover from this. Ms. Montgomerie’s death is the most devastating national tragedy in every word possible.
I had to hold back tears while writing this.