Aust trackwork rider dies after horse fall

Friederike Ruhle at the races last September.
Friederike Ruhle at the races last September.

A young trackwork rider has died after a fall from a horse on Wednesday morning at Caulfield racecourse south of Melbourne.

Details about the accident that claimed the life of German-born 25-year-old Friederike Ruhle were unclear, as it was dark at the time, a trainer at the track said.

Ruhle, described as a “horse fanatic” was working for trainer Byron Cozamanis at the time, and riding a horse on the sand track at about 5.30am.

Emergency services took Ruhle to Alfred Hospital, where she died soon after arrival from her injuries.

The young woman’s family in Sydney and Germany had been notified, the Melbourne Racing Club said.

The club is conducting a full investigation into the circumstances of the accident in conjunction with Victoria Police and Work Safe.

It is the second fatal accident at Caulfield Racecourse in the past six months, following the death of English Jockey Liz Rice, 26, who suffered head injuries when she was thrown from a horse in January.

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