An apprentice jockey tragically dried after falling from his horse in the opening stages of a race.
Jitendra Singh, 24, was competing in a race at Hyderabad Race Club in his native India on Sunday when he fell and was trampled over.
Singh was rushed to the nearest hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival, with the tragedy confirmed by the police.
Chaderghat official P. Sateesh said: "About 10 seconds into the race Jitendra fell from the horse, Gold Label.
"He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival. We suspect that he was trampled by horses and suffered internal injuries."
Videos show Singh's horse, Gold Label, appears to collide with another during the hectic opening to the race.
The Rajasthan rider – in yellow silks – was thrown from his seat, while Gold Label rose to its feet after moments on the ground.
The incident occurred during the Osman Sagar Plate (Div II) over 1,200 metres in what what was the fourth contest of a seven-race card.
Singh's body has been taken for a post mortem, according to the Times of India , while Md Ismail – aboard Whiskey – was also thrown from his seat at the back of the field.
Racing fans paid tribute to Singh on social media in the aftermath of the tragedy. One wrote: "Tragic news coming in from Hyderabad, jockey Jitendra Singh who was on Gold Label who went down in the fourth race has passed away! RIP."
Another said: "Sorry sorry news from Hyderabad as apprentice jockey Jitendra Singh has passed away following an incident in the 4th race at the track. Really puts things in perspective. RIP."
One fan said the incident "puts everything into perspective", adding: "Absolutely devasting news to start off 2021 – Hyderabad racing today – jockey Jitendra Singh who was on Gold Label who went down in the 4th race has passed away."
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