Saturday 31st August 2019

Vale Melanie Tyndall

It is with great sadness that Thoroughbred Racing NT (TRNT) and the Darwin Turf Club (DTC) confirm the passing of Northern Territory jockey Melanie Tyndall.

During the running of the third race at Fannie Bay today Melanie’s mount Restless appeared to clip the heels of another runner, she became unbalanced and was dislodged near the 300 metre mark. She received immediate medical assistance from the on course paramedics.

Melanie was then transported by St John Ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital where she was afforded further medical care, but despite the best efforts of the professionals at RDH, Melanie passed away.
TRNT Chief Executive, Andrew O’Toole, said: “On behalf of the NT racing industry, I would like to extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Melanie’s family and friends on her passing.

“Melanie was a much respected member of the Northern Territory racing family and her sad passing will be felt by many within the industry.”
Darwin Turf Club Chairman, Brett Dixon, said: “On behalf of the Darwin Turf Club, Board and Members, we too are deeply saddened by the passing of Melanie, and our sincerest condolences and support is extended to Melanie’s family and friends.”

The TRNT, DTC and Australian Jockeys’ Association (AJA) are working together to support the family, local racing community and industry employees at this very sad time.

A press conference will be held on Sunday 01 September 2019, Darwin Turf Club “Wood Lounge” Ted Bailey Grandstand, at 2:00pm.


Keith Stacy
DTC Chief Executive Officer, (M) 0417 892 468