Caitlin Forrest dies after fall at Murray Bridge Gold Cup

Jockey Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a four-horse fall at the Murray Bridge Gold Cup. Photo: FacebookJOCKEY Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a four-horse fall at the Murray Bridge Racecourse.
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The 19-year-old crashed to the turf and was collected by the pack of horses behind her when riding in the race before the Murray Bridge Gold Cup.

Forrest was semi-conscious and responsive when airlifted to hospital, but her condition deteriorated and she died from her injuries

Her boyfriend, Scott Westover, paid tribute to the former Strathalbyn High School studenton Facebook.

“Today has been the worst day of my life. I lost the love of my lifeCaitlin Forrest,” his post read.”I know there will be an angel up there watching me everyday and riding with me.

“I love you so much my beautiful girl and I’ll never forget the best three years of my life I had with you.”

Caitlin Forrest died overnight after a fall at the Murray Bridge Gold Cup on Wednesday.

JOCKEY Justin Potter has spoken about the race fall at Murray Bridge that left two of his competitors, apprentice Caitlin Forrest and Libby Hopwood, in hospital.

“I jumped out from a wide gate and ended up getting a forward-ish position, one out and one back from the leaders,” he said.

“Just before we straightened I saw the horse in front of me go, I lost sight of it, the jockey at the last minute I lost sight of her, then there were two horses against my horse’s chest.There was no time to do anything except go straight over the top.”

His mount, Ethbaal, was driven into the running rail and he was thrown from his saddle but suffered no worse damage than a sore thumb.

“I hit the ground andknew the field was still behind me so I knew I had to get out of the way,” he said.”The ambulance came over to check on me (but I pointed them on).”

Race stewards held a private meeting with the remaining jockeys shortly before 6pm.

They subsequently announced the race meet would continue and the feature race, the Gold Cup, would still be held at a time yet to be determined.

That race had been scheduled to go at 4.43pm.

“That’s the nature of the sport, how things can go wrong in a matter of minutes,” Mr Potter said.