ANOTHER FEMALE JOCKEY DIES
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.