Two Wingatui jockeys have told a coroner's inquest how a
race at Kurow in 2012 had gone ''like normal'' before a fall
which led to the death of jockey Ashlee Mundy.
After a morning of sometimes emotional testimony, Dunedin
coroner David Crerar today thanked two young jockeys who had
given evidence at a coroner's hearing into the death of Ms
Mundy in a race fall at Kurow in 2012.
Ms Mundy (26) died at Dunedin Hospital after receiving head
injuries when the horse she was riding fell about half way
through a 1400m race at the Kurow Racecourse on December 30.
Two jockeys, Toni Direen (20), and Courtney Barnes (19), gave
evidence yesterday about what they had experienced during the
race, which was part of the annual Kurow Jockey Club race
Ms Direen said that everything had earlier gone ''like a
normal race'' but when the field had started the turn at the
800m mark, she had seen Ms Mundy's horse go down in front of
''It happened really fast and I didn't hear or see anything
prior to Ashlee falling,'' she said.
She and her horse had had ''nowhere to go'' and her horse had
instinctively jumped over the fallen horse.
The sudden movement and landing had dislodged her and she
fell off the left side of her horse, ending up on the track
about 10ms from Ashlee.
She was not seriously injured.
During part of her evidence, Ms Direen became visibly upset,
and was supported by her mother.
Ms Barnes was also visibly affected by the loss of a fellow
jockey and friend, during her testimony.
At the close of the morning session, Mr Crerar warmly thanked
the two jockeys for their help, and said he had appreciated
that giving evidence had been a difficult task under the
He realised how hard it had been for them to relive their
earlier experiences, and said evidence had been a big help.
From the hearing, including their input, more would be
learned and ''we'll make your industry safer if we can,'' he
The hearing continues this afternoon.