A memorial service is being held later this week for Southland based Irish jockey Ross Doherty, who died at the weekend.
The Southland Times newspaper reported that the Invercargill-based rider died on Saturday night at Wingatui Racecourse.
Doherty, 30, rode 93 winners on the flat and over jumps, including the Great Western Steeplechase at Riverton in 2012 with Kakapuka.
Originally from Ireland, Doherty began his apprenticeship at Awapuni with Grant Searle and had his first ride at Hastings in April, 2008.
He shifted to the South Island in 2012 and had his best season, riding 44 winners in the 2012-13 season to finish runner-up to Rory Hutchings on the apprentices’ premiership.
The Southland Times reported that Doherty took a brief break from riding in 2014 and began working on a dairy farm at Woodlands, near Invercargill, but made a comeback earlier this year.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is offering professional counselling services to those affected by his death.
A memorial service is taking place in the Grey Way lounge at the Washdyke Racecourse in Timaru on Thursday at 2pm.
Police said the death was being referred to the coroner.