Racing in mourning as jockey Stefano Cherchi dies of Canberra race fall injuries

Racing is mourning the death of jockey Stefano Cherchi.

Racing is mourning the death of jockey Stefano Cherchi. Photo: Getty

Italian jockey Stefano Cherchi, who rode more than 100 winners in the UK, has died as the result of injuries sustained in a fall in Canberra last month.

The 23-year-old was riding on March 20 when his mount, Hasime, fell in the Affinity Electrical Technologies Plate, with two other riders escaping serious injury after being unseated in the incident.

Cherchi received medical treatment at the track before being transferred to hospital and was found to have sustained a head injury and internal bleeding.

The New South Wales Jockeys Association posted on X, formerly twitter, on Wednesday: “With deep sadness, the Cherchi family have announced their beloved son Stefano passed away peacefully today.

“The family are very grateful for the love, prayers & messages sent by the racing community across the world.”

Cherchi has been based at Warwick Farm in Sydney since he started riding in Australia earlier this year.

Sardinian-born Cherchi partnered 38 winners for Italian trainer Marco Botti while in the UK before switching to Australia.

We were devastated this morning when we heard that Stefano had passed away ,” Botti told PA.

“It’s just devastating news for all of us. We knew it was a bad fall and we knew things didn’t look great, but you live in hope and hope for a miracle. Hopefully he’s going to a better place and we will never forget him – he will always be with us.”

Botti added: “His charm and his way of behaving with people, he was such a nice guy. For me, he was a little bit like a son, to be honest.

“When he left for Australia, we had a chat and in a way I was happy he was going to try to have a career there. He had a couple of winners recently and things were just picking up and then this happened. Life is tough.”

Cherchi made his British debut in 2018 and rode his first winner the following April aboard the Botti-trained Withoutdestination at Wolverhampton.

He teamed up with a wide variety of trainers, including Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor for whom he partnered eight winners, and Newmarket trainer Amy Murphy who provided 10 victories from 175 rides.


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