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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jockeys Die in Falls

SYDNEY () -- Two jockeys died after separate falls during country horse racing meetings in the northern Australian state of Queensland.


Woman jockey Heidi McNeich, 24, died Saturday after her mount, Little Cavalier, fell during a race at Warwick, 130 kilometers southwest of the Queensland capital of Brisbane.


A spokeswoman for Royal Brisbane Hospital said a second jockey, David Wilkes, died Sunday evening after emergency surgery had been performed earlier in the day. Wilkes had been injured after falling from his horse during a race in Toowoomba, 100 kilometers west of Brisbane.


"David was air-lifted from Toowoomba last night, surgery was performed this morning, he remained in critical condition and he deceased at 8 p.m.," the spokeswoman said.