Racing: Young Qld jockey loses her battle after tragic fall

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Updated: October 14, 2014
The racing industry is mourning the death of another fine young jockey after the sad passing of Carly-Mae Pye yesterday (pictured with thanks to the Brisbane Times)

The racing industry is mourning the death of another fine young jockey after the sad passing of Carly-Mae Pye yesterday (pictured with thanks to the Brisbane Times)

Jockey Carly-Mae Pye has died from injuries suffered in a fall at Rockhampton racecourse. The 26-year-old suffered severe head neck and chest injuries when a horse she was riding in a jump-out on Monday broke its two front legs, and fell on top of her. Pye was the eldest of four children and showed her ability with horses from an early age on the equestrian stage. She rode on the equestrian circuit for many years and won state titles before she decided to try her hand as a professional jockey.

Pye commenced riding in the 2006-07 season and won the central Queensland apprentice jockeys’ title the following year. In all she rode about 200 winners with the highlight of her career being two wins on star Rockhampton galloper Rocky King at Eagle Farm last year. Pye knew all about the dangers of racing as she narrowly escaped death when she was trampled in a fall at Thangool in Central Queensland in July 2012. Pye recovered and she and her partner, trainer Tim Cook, were regulars at meetings across central Queensland.

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With the decision to move the Thousand Guineas to Caulfield Guineas day (held last Saturday), there’s a new look program at the Heath today. The highlights of the eight-race card include the Listed $250,000 Catanach’s Blue Sapphire Stakes for 3yos over 1200 metres. Other features are the Listed $120,000 italktravel Stakes over 1200 metres and the Group 3 $150,000 Nine West Ladies Day Vase, which will be run at set weights and penalties for the mares.

 

Today’s racing (October 15): Caulfield (Vic – good 3), Warwick Farm (NSW – heavy 8), Ipswich (Qld – dead 4), Murray Bridge (SA – dead 4), Northam (WA – good 3), Launceston (Tas – dead 5). Harness racing: Bathurst (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Redcliffe (Qld). Greyhound racing: Bendigo (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Ipswich (Qld), Maitland (NSW), Angle Park (SA), Ballarat (Vic), Bulli (NSW), Rockhampton (Qld), The Meadows (Vic), Cranbourne (Vic), Cannington (WA).

 


Confirmed bets (card finalised, full previews for each bet will return on Saturday)

Caulfield R2 #1 Beauty’s Beast (win)

Caulfield R3 #7 Bondeiger (E/W 1×2)

Caulfield R7 #1 Viadana (E/W)

Warwick Farm R7 #11 Duet (E/W 1×2)

Murray Bridge R5 #9 Step Dance (E/W)

Launceston R7 #1 Roussos Destiny (E/W 1×2)

 

Most recent results (W-P-LOSE or U/P): 2-0-2, +2.0 units; overall record: 136-23-171, +140.1 units

Gosford R3 #4 Wind Shift (win) LOSE (3rd)

Gosford R4 #5 Abbey Road (win) WIN ($1.40)

Gosford R8 #4 Hulk Henry (E/W 1×2) 1st ($4.20/$1.70)

Mornington R3 #10 Lashkaal (win) LOSE (U/P)

Northam R4 #12 Furious Dame (win) SCRATCHED

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportingbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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