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Jockey Stefano Cherchi, 23, dies two weeks after horror horse racing fall in Australia, with his girlfriend Britanny – daughter of a British champion jockey Kieren Fallon – and parents at his hospital bedside

  • Cherchi was in an induced coma after the racing accident on March 20
  • The jockey was injured after his horse fell in an incident in Canberra
  • Cherchi rode more than 100 winners in Britain before arriving in Australia in January

Jockey Stefano Cherchi has died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall in Australia on March 20.

The 23-year-old Sardinian-born jockey was in an induced coma in the intensive care unit of a Canberra hospital following the accident at the city track when his horse fell in an incident involving two other horses.

Cherchi rode more than 100 winners in Britain while based in Newmarket and had two successes since arriving in Australia in January.

His parents and girlfriend Britanny Fallon, daughter of former British champion jockey Kieren Fallon, had flown to Australia to be at Cherchi’s bedside.

Stefano Cherchi, 23, died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall in Australia on March 20

In a statement, the New South Wales Jockeys Association said: “It is with great sadness that the Cherchi family has announced that their beloved son Stefano passed away peacefully today.

“The family is deeply grateful for the love, prayers and messages sent by the racing community around the world.”