Industry mourns jockey who died following Caloundra fall
JOCKEY Damian Browne says the racing world is in shock following the death of Desiree Gill after a race fall at Caloundra.
Gill, 45, was badly injured after falling off her horse Celtic Ambition after clipping the heels of another horse during the twilight meet on Saturday night.
Browne said the premiership-winning female jockey would be dearly missed by all who knew her.
He said the Gympie resident was adored by the racing fraternity after a career that started as a 15-year-old apprentice 30 years ago.
"Desiree was a very popular person amongst the racing community and now we are all in mourning at what has happened," Browne said.
"It's a tragic thing and we are all feeling the effects of it."
The mother of two immersed herself in many facets of racing highlighted by her strong focus on nurturing young jockeys.
"She has done immense things for the younger community of racing people coming through the grades," Browne said.
"She was always a happy, bubbly, person."
Browne said Gill's passing was a reminder of how dangerous racing can be.
"These risks are things that we all know of," he said.
"We don't really like to talk about much because it is evident in so many aspects.
"I suppose it's like racing car drivers and we know these things can happen and we don't like to see them happen, especially to someone who is so loved by the racing community."
Gill's husband Barry is a well-known horse trainer who teamed up with his wife to form a successful partnership.
Browne, who knew Gill for 10 years, said his thoughts were with her family at this difficult time.