Racing: Two jockeys killed by falls in Australia

Two jockeys have died after separate falls during race meetings on Saturday in the northern Australian state of Queensland.

Heidi McNeich, 24, died after her mount, Little Cavalier, fell during a race at Warwick, 130km south-west of the Queensland capital of Brisbane. David Wilkes was fatally injured after falling from his horse during a race in Toowoomba, 100km west of Brisbane.

McNeich was thrown after her horse fell during a 1.1 km sprint. She was taken to Warwick Hospital and then flown to another hospital in Brisbane where she died later on Saturday night.

Desert Boy, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, was demoted to third place after making all the running under Sylvain Guillot in yesterday's Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Saint-Cloud. After a 10-minute inquiry, the stewards awarded the race to Andre Fabre's Radevore, ridden by Thierry Jarnet, also promoting Clive Brittain's Acharne (Brett Doyle) to second. Chapple- Hyam has five days in which to launch an appeal, but the Manton trainer said: "We've appealed twice before in France, and it has never got us anywhere." Geoff Wragg's Prize Giving, ridden by Michael Hills, never really threatened in fourth place, with Paul Kelleway's General Academy (Kieren Fallon) last of the seven runners.

The trainer David Arbuthnot is considering whether or not to appeal to the Jockey Club over the result of Saturday's Owen Tudor Handicap at Salisbury. Arbuthnot's Robellion finished in second place behind Pointer in the six-furlong event after meeting interference from Nerys Dutfield's gelding. The latter's jockey, Aimee Cook, was banned for two days following the incident but the stewards let the result stand.

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