Tribute to Desiree Gill at racecourse

MEMORIAL: The Gympie Turf Club will unveil a memorial to Desiree Gill next Saturday at the Gympie Cup.
MEMORIAL: The Gympie Turf Club will unveil a memorial to Desiree Gill next Saturday at the Gympie Cup. David Crossley

A PERMANENT memorial to much-loved Gympie jockey Desiree Gill will be unveiled at the Gympie Turf Club next Saturday.

Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said a marble bust had been crafted in her honour and will be revealed to the public during the Nationwide Civil Gympie Cup race day.

Mrs Gill, a champion bush jockey, died from injuries sustained when she was thrown from mount Celtic Ambition at Caloundra's Corbould Park in November last year.

She was just 45.

Her funeral, fittingly held at the racecourse, was one of the biggest Gympie has seen.

Internationally awarded Chatsworth artist and blacksmith Dan Davies was commissioned to carve the memorial bust.

Gympie Regional Council has given permission for the bust to be placed in the mounting yard, a place Mrs Gill and her husband Barry celebrated Gympie Cup wins.

Mrs Gill's death brought home the dangers of being a jockey.

Just this week two other female jockeys have died in race falls.

South Australian jockey Caitlin Forrest died in hospital from injuries suffered in a fall at Murray Bridge.

The 19-year-old had been leading the race when her horse broke down at the halfway stage, bringing down three other horses.

The incident in South Australia followed the death of Queensland jockey Carly-Mae Pye on Monday after a fall during barrier trials at Rockhampton on the weekend.

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