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New Zealand rider Munday dies after fall.

JOCKEY Ashlee Mundy has died following a fall on Sunday at Kurow racecourse, New Zealand, writes James Burn.

Mundy, 26, was riding Elleaye, who fell after clipping heels with another horse. The jockey, whose first winner came aboard Starkay at Oamaru on August 29, 2004, was taken by helicopter to hospital, but could not be saved.

There will be a review of the incident by the racing integrity unit and police have started preparing a report.

Greg Purcell, chief executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, paid tribute to Mundy, who rode 232 winners in the country, including in four blacktype races.

He said: "All our thoughts are with Ashlee's family at this terrible time. This is a very sad day for them and for the wider racing community in New Zealand.

"Ashlee had been riding in Australia for the last few years and had ridden 43 winners in Queensland. Her family live in Westport and she had returned to New Zealand for a holiday and riding."

It is the first time a jockey has died in New Zealand from injuries suffered in a race fall since March 2004, when Sam McRae was fatally injured at Riverton.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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