January 28, 2007 at 11:30 #765StormontMember
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Just read this somewhere else.
Damien Murphy, an Australian jockey had a bad fall at the track in Wellington and suffered a suspected Heart Attack after the fall.
He is only 23!
Best wishes to his family and friends and hope he pulls through okay.January 28, 2007 at 13:59 #37085
That’s dreadful news, some of these Australian country tracks seem terribly dangerous. It wasn’t long ago that two other youngsters were killed within a few days of each other.
I understand that Murphy had gone over to Australia about a year ago to try and kick-start his career as a jockey.January 28, 2007 at 14:22 #37086
His name is DANIEL Murphy, not Damien, according to the racecourse’s website:
http://www.racingnsw.com.au/club.asp?mi … ts&parm=48<br> <br>You’d think "journalists" could at least try to get his bloody name right, poor young lad.January 28, 2007 at 15:17 #37087Racing DailyParticipant
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They were probably thinking of Damien Oliver. Truly sad when someone dies pursuing their dream :(<br>It does put in perspective how dangerous the sport can be.January 28, 2007 at 15:37 #37088davidbradyMember
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Ted Walsh said his name was Damien on RTE today and he is usually fairly good with names.January 28, 2007 at 16:21 #37089
I’m beginning to wonder now whether it’s the Wellington racecourse site that’s wrong, or perhaps there are two D. Murphys riding in Australia.
Whoever’s son he is, my sympathies.January 28, 2007 at 17:01 #37090StormontMember
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That is very sad news indeed.
Its a sad day for racing when this happens.
My deepest condolences go out to his family and friendsJanuary 28, 2007 at 18:14 #37091cormack15Keymaster
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Very, very sad news. It is, to all intents and purposes, an extremely dangerous sport, a fact I am sure appreciated more keenly by those closest to the game, and events like this simply underline the risks involved.January 28, 2007 at 18:55 #37092racinggirlukMember
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His name was Damien Murphy…
Just a freshed face lad…RIP
Racing Post:<br>DAMIEN MURPHY, the young Irish jockey who earned both praise and popularity when switching his career to Australia, has died following an horrific mid-race fall.
Murphy, who was 23, lost his life at 9am GMT on Sunday after his life support system was turned off following the arrival at his bedside of his mother Mary McGaar and sister Annie.
Formerly a resident of Kildare, Murphy was riding Ajay’s Luck for trainer Dennis d’Arcy in a race at the New South Wales track Wellington when his mount clipped heels, stumbled and fell. The jockey suffered massive head injuries and a heart attack and was immediately airlifted to Sydney’s Nepean Hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead.
McGaar told Australia’s News Ltd: "Damien had a few accidents at home, but I never thought he’d lose his life. I never thought we’d lose him so young." Racing New South Wales chief executive Peter V’Landys, who escorted McGaar to the hospital, said: "Despite the highly emotional circumstances surrounding the visit and seeing Damien,Mary made the decision to ensure Damien’s organs can be donated to help other people. It was the most admirable thing I’ve ever seen. She wants others to be touched by Damien."
Murphy rode 12 winners in Ireland, where he was apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast from 2001 until moving to Declan Gillespie in 2004. He rode his first winner on his first ride on the Francis Flood-trained Newhall at Down Royal in July 2001 and his last Irish winner on Lake Andre for Gillespie at Naas in April 2005, the same year he moved to Australia.
Tracey Bartley, to whom Murphy was once indentured in Australia, drove 400 kilometres to be at the rider’s bedside and described him as "a lovely guy, just one of the laughable characters".
Funeral details have yet to be confirmed. <br>January 28, 2007 at 23:07 #37093dilysbMember
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I think it very sad that the Racing Post refers to his mother as "McGaar". There appears to be no way of conplaining about this.
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