Ashlee Mundy

Monday 31 December

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New Zealand racing is deeply saddened at the passing of jockey, Miss Ashlee Marie Mundy, today.
Mundy, 26, from Westport, fell in race seven at Kurow race course yesterday, 30 December 2012.
Mundy's mount, Elleaye, clipped a heel of the horse in front and fell approaching the 600-metre mark. She was taken by helicopter to hospital in Dunedin in a critical condition.
Dave Taylor, President of the New Zealand Jockeys’ Association, expressed his heartfelt sorrow on behalf of all jockeys. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident. All jockeys riding in race seven tomorrow, New Year’s Day, at the three meetings - Ellerslie, Hastings and Waikouaiti - will be wearing black arm bands and there will be a minute’s silence on-course 20 minutes before the first race to mark her passing.”
The Racing Integrity Unit will be conducting a full review of the incident and will issue a report after interviewing all jockeys riding at Kurow. The Police, who attended the meeting, have also begun preparing a report on the incident. The Health and Safety Department within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has been notified of the incident.
Greg Purcell, Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, spoke for all those involved in the industry: “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 was apprenticed to Michael Pitman in Christchurch on 2 March 2004 and rode her first winner the same year, on 29 August 2004, on Starkay at Oamaru. She rode a total of 232 winners in New Zealand including four black type races. She has 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 for nearly nine years. The previous rider fatality on a race day was that of Sam McRae, who was involved in a fall at Riverton on 26 March 2004.
Further information about arrangements for her funeral will be provided.
31 December 2012

Issued by:
Greg Purcell, Chief Executive, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing - Mobile: +64 21 576 627
Ross Neal, Co-Chief Stipendiary Steward, Racing Integrity Unit - Mobile: +64 27 444 4951