Jockey Darren Jones, 48, killed in horror three-horse fall in northern NSW

A JOCKEY has been killed in a horror three-horse fall at a country race meeting in northern NSW.

The shocking scenes unfolded at Warialda, in the state’s northwest slopes region on Saturday afternoon.

Tamworth-based jockey Darren Jones, 48, died after falling off his horse Montague Clan in the third race.


Racing NSW released a statement a short time ago, confirming the devastating news.

Leading female jockey Leanne Henry and apprentice Melanie Bolwell were also injured after being caught up in the tumble.

Racing NSW said Darren and Melanie were both knocked out in the fall.

Melanie regained consciousness, however, despite the frantic attempts of paramedics to keep Darren alive, he could not be revived.

All three were rushed to hospital where sadly, Darren was pronounced deceased a short time later.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Darren’s family and friends,” said Mr Peter V’landys AM, Racing NSW’s Chief Executive.

Darren was a widely known and well-liked jockey in the Hunter and North West region, having ridden more than 20 winners this season, as well as 40 placegetters.

Darren’s last winner was aboard Maybegrey at Narromine last Sunday, April 2.

Dozens of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to the jockey after learning of the devastating news, among them Fox Sports, Racing NSW and fellow jockeys.