The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT - GREY MOR­RIS

A MUCH-loved Dar­win jockey and po­lice of­fi­cer be­came the sec­ond rider killed in Aus­tralia in two days when she died after a shock­ing race fall at Fan­nie Bay yes­ter­day.

Me­lanie Tyn­dall, 32, was rid­ing Rest­less in race three when her horse clipped the heels of the horse in front and she was dis­lodged just as they en­tered the home straight.

A trail­ing horse tram­pled Tyn­dall.

Ini­tial re­ports were Tyn­dall was con­scious and was taken to Royal Dar­win Hospi­tal. How­ever, shortly after word spread that Tyn­dall had died.

The fi­nal race at Fan­nie Bay was then aban­doned and the mood at the turf club quickly turned som­bre among pa­trons and Tyn­dall’s col­leagues.

Last night, the Dar­win Turf Club did not pro­vide com­ment on the in­ci­dent, say­ing a public state­ment would be made today.

Tyn­dall’s death came 36 hours after fel­low jockey Mikaela Clar­idge died from in­juries re­ceived in a track­work ac­ci­dent at Cran­bourne.

In 2013, lead­ing jockey Si­mone Mont­gomerie was killed on Dar­win Cup day when she fell in an eerily sim­i­lar spot to where Tyn­dall fell yes­ter­day.

Two years ago Tyn­dall, who ar­rived in Dar­win in Oc­to­ber 2013, told the me­dia she was con­sid­er­ing giv­ing up race rid­ing be­cause of weight bat­tles and was set to be­come a full- time po­lice of­fi­cer.

“I’ve been bat­tling with my weight when it comes to rid­ing, but late last year I ap­plied to join the po­lice force,” Tyn­dall said at the time.

“It was just an op­tion, but it was some­thing I had been think­ing about for a while.

“I passed ev­ery­thing and I was of­fered a po­si­tion in re­cruit­ment as a ju­nior con­sta­ble.”

In March, the Dar­win Turf Club posted on its Face­book page how Tyn­dall was jug­gling both ca­reers.

“When Mel ex­pe­ri­enced some strug­gles with her weight she took a break from race rid­ing and fo­cused her ef­forts on polic­ing, com­plet­ing her train­ing in the NT Po­lice Force and last year grad­u­at­ing to Con­sta­ble Tyn­dall,” it posted.

“Mel said it was only after she had been in the NT Po­lice force that her weight sig­nif­i­cantly dropped and she re­alised there might an op­por­tu­nity for her to con­tinue race rid­ing.

“Ex­plain­ing that jug­gling both ca­reers can be dif­fi­cult, her train­ers have been very un­der­stand­ing that she can’t be at track­work ev­ery morn­ing.

“Mel said she also un­der­stands that be­cause of this she won’t get the pick of the rides, but re­gard­less she still gets plenty of sup­port.”

The post added: “Since her first ride in 2008, Mel has had 146 ca­reer wins”.

Tyn­dall was orig­i­nally from Mur­ray Bridge in South Aus­tralia.

Tyn­dall jug­gled race rid­ing with work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Me­lanie Tyn­dall.

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