Jockey dies after being ‘trampled’ by horses following fall seconds into race

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An apprentice jockey in India has died aged just 24 after falling during a race.

Jitendra Singh was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital after he fell from his horse, Gold Label, during a meeting at the Hyderabad Race Club northern India.

The tragic incident occurred after his horse clipped the heels of another during a battle for positions just seconds after the race got underway.

Singh, who wore yellow silks during the event, suffered from internal injuries as a result of being trampled by other horses who had been behind him before the incident.

Chaderghat Police Inspector P Sateesh has said: "About ten seconds into the race Jitendra fell from the horse, Gold Label.

"He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

"We suspect that he was trampled by horses and suffered internal injuries."

Tributes have since started to come in for the Jitendra, with one follower writing: "Absolutely devastating news to start off 2021 – Hyderabad racing today.

“Jockey Jitendra Singh who was on Gold Label who went down in the 4th race has passed away.”

With a second adding: "Sorry sorry news from Hyderabad as apprentice jockey Jitendra Singh has passed away following an incident in the 4th race at the track.”

A third follower said: "Very sad news. The perils of our sport. RIP."

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