Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

EMO­TIONAL scenes at the Cluden races on Thurs­day when the rac­ing in­dus­try paid trib­ute to for­mer Townsville jockey Donna Philpot, who died in a track accident in Bendigo this week.

Donna, nee Smith, was a trail­blazer for women jock­eys in the north and along with for­mer jockey hus­band Gus, was much loved and re­spected. The Philpots, with daugh­ters Jessie and Mon­tana, re­lo­cated to Victoria a few years back and are highly re­garded in the rac­ing in­dus­try around Bendigo.

Donna was killed af­ter the horse she was rid­ing in a jump- out fell. Thurs­day’s trib­ute was one of the few times the Cluden course has come to a sud­den stop for a minute’s si­lence. You could hear a pin drop.

Ev­ery­one stood. Jock­eys wore black arm­bands and gath­ered in a close cir­cle in the sad­dling en­clo­sure to re­mem­ber a fallen com­rade and great per­sonal friend whose life was cut much too short at 47.


HARD YAKKA: Tameeka Luther, 16, is study­ing for Year 12 and work­ing on Wishaw Sta­tion.

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