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Leading Victorian jockey Dean Holland has sadly died after sustaining critical injuries in a fall at a race in Donald today

Leading Victorian jockey Dean Holland has sadly died after sustaining critical injuries in a fall at a race in Donald today

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UPDATE: Victorian jockey Dean Holland has died following a race fall at a country meet on Monday.

The 34-year-old was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a critical condition after his horse was one of two that fell during the first race at Donald – a small town to the north-west of Melbourne.

Victoria Police confirmed his death just after 4pm.

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One of Victoria’s most in-form jockeys Dean Holland has suffered critical injuries and will be airlifted to hospital following a heavy fall in the opening race at Donald on Monday.

The incident occurred after the field for the opening event, the 3YO Maiden (1000m), turned for home. Holland’s mount Headingley, who was racing in second place, veered in sharply and crashed through the inside rail and in doing so brought down Alana Kelly’s mount Time To Rumble.

The Victorian Jockeys Association said: “Dean Holland is to be airlifted to Melbourne. Injuries are critical.”

It is understood Kelly was not injured in the fall and it is believed both horses are also unharmed.

Racing Victoria stewards abandoned the meeting following the fall.

Holland was having a break-out season with 82 winners already in Victoria to sit alongside just his second group 1 win when he was the late replacement rider for Godolphin filly In Secret, on who he claimed the Newmarket Handicap.

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Dean Holland was involved in a shocking fall at Donald on Monday. Footage: Racing.com