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Jockey Stefano Cherchi, 23, dies two weeks after falling throughout race

Jockey Stefano Cherchi has died from accidents sustained in a fall in Australia final month.

The 23-year-old was using at Canberra on March 20 when his mount, Hasime, fell within the Affinity Electrical Technologies Plate, with two different riders escaping critical damage after being unseated within the incident. Cherchi, who rode over 100 winners within the UK, obtained medical remedy on the observe earlier than being transferred to hospital and was discovered to have sustained a head damage and inner bleeding.

The New South Wales Jockeys Association introduced on X, previously Twitter, on Wednesday: “With deep sadness, the Cherchi family have announced their beloved son Stefano passed away peacefully today. The family are very grateful for the love, prayers and messages sent by the racing community across the world.”

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Cherchi had 38 winners for coach Marco Botti whereas within the UK earlier than switching to Australia earlier within the 12 months. Botti supplied his most up-to-date mount in Britain at Chelmsford in November.

The Newmarket handler was massively saddened by the information of his dying. Botti stated: “We had been devastated this morning once we heard that Stefano had handed away. I believe it was noon in Australia and we simply heard an hour in the past principally.



Stefano Cherchi: died in hospital in Australia
Tributes have poured in for Stefano Cherchi, who has died on the age of 23

“It’s just devastating news for all of us. We knew it was a bad fall and we knew things didn’t look great, but you live in hope and hope for a miracle. Hopefully he’s going to a better place and we will never forget him – he will always be with us.”

The Sardinian-born Cherchi made his British debut in 2018 and rode his first winner the next April aboard the Botti-trained Withoutdestination at Wolverhampton.

He teamed up with all kinds of trainers, together with Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor for whom he partnered eight winners, and Newmarket coach Amy Murphy who supplied 10 victories from 175 rides.



Stefano Cherchi riding Fox Hill on their way to winning the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Fillies' Handicap
Stefano Cherchi rode greater than 100 winners within the UK, together with Fox Hill at Redcar in 2021 (pictured)

Cherchi received 4 instances for David Loughnane, who stated on X: “We are all completely devastated with the loss of Stefano Cherchi. He was an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to have known and worked with. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

In a press release, the British Horseracing Authority stated: “We are heartbroken to hear the news that Stefano Cherchi has died following a fall at Canberra racecourse last month.

“Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him. The entire racing industry will be in mourning after the loss of such a talented young man.”