Plaque for jockey informally unveiled

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A plaque was unveiled to the memory of jockey Ashlee Mundy at the Kurow Jockey Club’s track last week, a day after the club’s annual meeting was cancelled.

Ms Mundy, 26, a Gold Coast-based jockey died in Dunedin Hospital after she suffered serious head injuries when her horse, Elleaye, fell into the path of following horses at the club’s meeting 12 months ago.

“We held an informal unveiling with her father and his partner and some others,” Heather Gray, of the club said.

“It was casual but fitting. We’ll do something special at our next meeting.”

The unveiling was to have taken place during the meeting the day before.

Mundy, originally from Westport, was holidaying in New Zealand and racing while she was here when the accident occurred.

In her career she rode more than 230 winners and just before the Kurow meeting had ridden a winner at Timaru. She had 43 winners in Queensland and had her first winning ride at Oamaru in 2004. This was on Starkay, a mare, which was later sold to the United States.

The plaque is located near the winning post at the Kurow track.

This year’s meeting was cancelled after club officials and NZ Thoroughbred Racing stipendiary steward Jeff McLaughlin decided the track was unsafe for racing after heavy rain.

Mrs Gray said it was still too early to ascertain the financial impact on the club of the cancellation but it was expected to be a considerable loss.

The cancellation impacted on the town also. The town’s two hotels had booked bands for that evening and it was usually the biggest day of the year for them.

A crowd of between 3000 and 400 had been expected at the meeting.

By CHRIS TOBIN

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