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Eszter Jeles dead: Tragedy in racing as 21-year-old female jockey is fatally injured

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Eszter Jeles dead: Tragedy in racing as 21-year-old female jockey is fatally injured

Female amateur jockey Eszter Jeles has tragically died after sustaining injuries in a mid-race fall.

The winner of nine races was hurt when her horse was brought down by a rival on September 5.

After the accident at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey, Jeles was rushed to hospital, where she sadly died 13 days later.

A statement from the the Jockey Club of Turkey said: "Hungarian lady rider Eszter Jeles fell from the horse named Toms in Fegentri World Championship Race for Lady Riders on Sunday, September 5 at the Veliefendi Racecourse in Istanbul.

"Following the accident, she was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

"Following her health checks, she underwent an operation on Monday, September 6 and her treatment continued.

"We are deeply sorry to learn that Eszter Jeles lost her 13-day struggle to survive and lost her life despite all efforts of the medical teams since the first day.

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Jeles family and her loved ones.

"May God rest her soul in peace."

a woman looking at the camera: Eszter Jeles fell from a horse named Toms in Fegentri World Championship Race for Lady Riders

© INTERENET PICTURE/google Eszter Jeles fell from a horse named Toms in Fegentri World Championship Race for Lady Riders

Jeles received treatment after her mount Toms tripped and fell during a Fegentri Amateur Women’s Riders World Championship race over a mile.

She had ridden nine winners from 106 rides on the Flat and was placed fourth in the 2021 championship's lady jockey league.

A statement from the Hungarian Jockey club said: "We announce with deep pain and a shaky heart that Eszter Jeles is dead.

"Her body was unable to overcome the injury caused by the accident two weeks ago.

"Esti was a hero, giving her life for horse racing. We lock your memory in our hearts forever."

In memory of Jeles, a memorial ceremony was held at the Veliefendi track on Sunday, where a minute’s silence was observed.

The jockey’s mother Andrea told the crowd: “It is very difficult to describe the emotions we experience. Eszter specifically chose Turkey for horse riding.

"Years ago, in a post she made on her social media account, she said, ‘If I die one day because of my passion for speed, don’t be sad because I will be laughing at that time.' 

Reference: Melissa Jones 

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