By Jon Lees
Mauritius: Local champion jockey Nooresh Juglall died in hospital on Saturday from injuries sustained in a horrific mid-race fall on a tragic start to the first day of the racing season.
Juglall, 29, was riding Rule Of The Night in the day’s feature race, a 6f sprint featuring six runners at Champ de Mars, when his mount came down trying to avoid Golden Tractor who stumbled after skipping over the road crossing.
The Mauritius Turf Club said Juglall was unconscious and bleeding profusely. He was rushed to hospital where he was put on life support, but died hours later.
The rider of Golden Tractor, Benedict Woodworth, had injuries to his wrist and elbow but was conscious. His mount had to be put down having fractured a shoulder.
Juglall topped the jockey rankings in his native Mauritius in 2019 and 2020. He rode 97 winners at the Champ de Mars. He started his apprenticeship in South Africa in 2007 where he would go on to become champion apprentice in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
He also rode in Zimbabwe, Qatar, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he rode 217 winners during a five year spell there. In total he rode over 500 winners.
Juglall was married with two young sons. His brother Tejash is also a jockey in Mauritius.
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