Industry mourns death of trackwork rider

Tuesday 27 June 2017

THE death of talented horsewoman Donna Philpot as a result of a trackwork incident at Bendigo in Victoria yesterday has sent shockwaves through the industry and in particular Tasmania.

Ms Philpot’s daughter Jessie Philpot was apprenticed to Tasmanian Hall of Fame trainer Barry Campbell for three months ending in December last year.

Campbell said the tragedy will have hit the family hard.

“The Philpots are a wonderful family and I’m sure everyone in the industry in Tasmania is feeling for Jessie and the rest of the family right now,” Campbell said.

Ms Philpot was riding a horse in a jump-out when it fell and rolled on top of her.

Ms Philpot was born in Queensland where she carved a career as a jockey before relocating to Victoria in 2013 with her husband Gus Philpot and daughters Jessie and Montana.

“On behalf of the entire Tasmanian racing industry, Tasracing offers its sincere condolences to the Philpot family,” said Tasracing CEO Vaughn Lynch.

Racing Victoria chief executive officer Giles Thompson paid tribute to the track rider in a statement on Tuesday night.

“Donna devoted much of her life to thoroughbred racing and was a loved and valued member of the racing community,” Mr. Thompson said.

“Her sad passing will be felt by many within the industry.”

“We are working with the Bendigo Jockey Club to offer assistance to the family, the local racing community and industry employees at this sad time.”