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Stefano Cherchi: Jockey dies two weeks after fall at Canberra races

Jockey Stefano Cherchi died aged 23, two weeks after suffering injuries in a fall.

The Sardinian had previously ridden in the UK but fell during a meeting in Canberra, Australia.

His girlfriend Brittany, the daughter of legendary ex-jockey Kieron Fallon, made a special trip to his bedside.

Racing New South Wales said: “The Church family are deeply saddened to announce that their beloved son Stefano passed away peacefully today.”

“The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and messages from the racing community around the world.”

On March 20, the rider suffered serious head injuries after his mount fell during a race in Canberra and was taken to the intensive care unit.

Cherchi's horse, Hasime, fell in an accident involving two other horses.

While the other two riders and all horses were uninjured, Cerci was cared for by paramedics at the track for about an hour before being taken to hospital with a head injury and internal bleeding.

Cerci, who was an apprentice jockey to Newmarket trainer Marco Botti, racked up more than 100 wins in the UK before moving to Australia earlier this year.

“Today is an absolutely heartbreaking day for all of us, but Stefano will always be with us. His charming personality and smile will never be forgotten,” Botti said.

“Our hearts go out to Cherchi's family and his close friends.”

The British Horseracing Authority said the jockey was highly respected around the world.

“The entire racing community will be in mourning after the loss of such a talented young man,” it added.

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