Victorian racing community mourns death of popular jockey killed in racecourse fall

A young jockey who died after falling from a racehorse in Melbourne’s southeast has been identified as Mikaela Claridge.

Racing Victoria said Ms Claridge, 22, died while riding on the sand trails on the southern side of the training centre at Cranbourne Racecourse on Friday 4.35am.

Police said her death was not suspicious and WorkSafe is investigating.

Jockey Mikaela Claridge died in a fall at Cranbourne Racecourse on Friday. Source: Getty Images

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson said the 22-year-old’s death was tragic.

“Mikaela was a talented young rider who was pursuing a career in the sport she loved,” Mr Giles said.

“She was a much loved and valuable member of the racing community and her sad passing is being felt by many within our industry today.”

Ms Claridge was married in April.

Ms Claridge's death has been described as tragic. Source: Facebook/ Mikaela Claridge

On Facebook, friend Kasey Keys paid tribute to her.

“Words aren’t enough to describe how we all felt this morning, such a freak accident,” Ms Keys wrote.

“You were taken to soon beautiful girl, with a gorgeous smile.

“You will always be in our hearts.”

Trainer Donna Gaskin embraces Ms Claridge after her horse Hi Suppose wins the Bendigo Living Plant Hire F&M BM70 Handicap at Bendigo Racecourse. Source: Getty Images

Donna Gaskin, who Ms Claridge trained with for two-and-a-half years in the northern Victorian town of Echuca, told the community is devastated.

"I've spoken to so many people this morning and I think we are all the same - we are all in a lot of shock and a bit numb," Ms Gaskin told the publication.

"She's a great kid who had her whole life in front of her and that's the saddest thing about it all.”

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