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Jockey Dean Holland dies after falling off horse during race in Australia

Australian jockey Dean Holland died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall during a race in regional Victoria state on Monday, Racing Victoria said.

The state's horse racing authority said the 34-year-old Holland was one of two jockeys dislodged from their horses in the opening race of a meeting at Donald Racecourse.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. The other rider, Alana Kelly, was cleared of serious injury.  Both horses -- Headingley, ridden by Holland, and Time To Rumble, ridden by Kelly -- were unharmed, Racing Victoria said.

It is with tremendous sadness that Racing Victoria and the Victorian Jockeys Association confirm the passing of...

Posted by Racing Victoria on Monday, April 24, 2023

"It was a tragic accident at Donald today and we are all deeply shocked and saddened that Dean has passed away," Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones said in a statement. "Dean was a gifted lightweight rider who ... was highly respected by his peers.

"Dean's passing is heartbreaking for all within Victorian racing and the sport nationally."

Holland won a Group 1 race last month on a horse called In Secret in the Newmarket Handicap over 1,200 meters at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse. listed Holland as having 1,080 career wins and over $32,000,000 in career prize money.

He started racing in 2005 and had his first winner in January 2006 at Ceduna in regional South Australia state.

Victoria state police were preparing a report for the coroner.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that Holland was nearing the finish when his horse, Headingley, veered into the inside rail.

"Dean was a much-loved member of the riding group here in Victoria and when he travelled interstate, and his fellow riders will all be shattered at the shock news of his passing," said Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA) Chief Executive Matt Hyland, said

Jockey Celebration Day 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate
Frondeur (NZ) ridden by Dean Holland wins the Jockey Celebration Day 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate at Moe Racecourse on August 03, 2019 in Moe, Australia.  Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos via Getty Images

Holland's death comes less than a year after jockey Taiki Yanagida died after suffering head and spinal injuries in a fall during a race in New Zealand.

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