Funds come for hoop's family

RACING: The Northern Territory Government has joined the Darwin Turf Club in making major donations to a fund set up for the family of fallen jockey Simone Montgomerie.

The 26-year-old died from injuries suffered in a fall during race six at Monday's Darwin Cup meeting.

DTC officials announced the $200,000 Darwin Cup, one of three races abandoned after the tragedy, would not be rescheduled, with the prizemoney to go to Montgomerie's family, particularly her young daughter.

The NT Government yesterday voted to make a $50,000 donation to the fund.

On Saturday, Montgomerie had become the first female rider to win the Darwin jockeys premiership. She had also taken part in a minute's silence as part of services held at tracks around the country to remember those who had lost their lives in riding accidents.

Montgomerie was the 502nd jockey to have died since racing began in Australia more than 200 years ago.

Her father Peter Montgomerie is a racehorse trainer, arguably best known for training 2005 Melbourne Cup runner-up, On A Jeune.

Tributes are being planned for race meetings to be held this Saturday.


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