Fund to help family of champion jockey Nooresh Juglall, 29, who died in fall

A fund has been launched for the family of Nooresh Juglall, who died aged just 29 following a fall on the racecourse.

The 2020 champion jockey of Mauritius came off his horse Rule The Night at the Champ de Mars track on Saturday.

Racing fans have been donating to a $50,000 campaign to help his widow Chaaya and family.

He was also survived by his father Satanand, mother Kavita, sister Sweta and brother Tajesh, who is also a jockey.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Mauritius, Satyajit Boolell, is looking into the fatal incident.

"It is important to shed light on the circumstances that led to the death of the rider," Boolell told the media.

"Was there negligence regarding the track's condition or was it a pure accident?"

Juglall's mount was one of two horses to fall while crossing a road on the track, negotiating the bend into the straight.

He was unable to avoid Golden Tractor ridden by jockey Benedict Woodworth when they came down and Juglall was thrown from his horse.

The riders received medical attention, however tragically young father Juglall passed away later on Saturday night, having been rushed to a private clinic in Port Louis.

The two horses sadly died following the incident. Woodworth was treated for a serious elbow injury.

Tributes to Juglall were paid from a number of high-profile figures in the world of racing, including Irish jockey Oisin Murphy, who posted on Twitter : "Rest in peace Nooresh Juglall. Life is precious. Prayers with your family and friends. Had the pleasure of riding with you in Hong Kong."

Neil Callan added: "We always hope and pray but sadly Nooresh Juglall has lost his battle for life. The dangers of our sport are always never far away… RIP."

The Champ de Mars is the oldest horse racing track in the southern hemisphere.

Juglall had ridden at racecourses across the world, including in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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