Racing

Female jockey dies in race fall in New Zealand

A New Zealand female jockey died in a racing accident on Sunday with two of her children reported to be at the meeting to watch her ride.

The 39-year-old mother of three was flung to the track when her horse, Point Proven, stumbled and fell at a race meeting in the southern town of Gore.

A trailing horse, Misscattlecreek, also fell and appeared to land on the woman, the New Zealand Herald said.

"The fall happened during Race 8, which two of her children were at, at the Tapanui Racing Club meeting," the newspaper said.

Police confirmed there had been a fatality but released no other details.

The woman's name has not been officially released but local news media identified her as Rebecca Black, who reportedly rode 108 winners in a 1,264-race career. - AFP