The New South Wales racecourse, in Australia, announced the terrible news on Saturday morning February 12 on its Twitter account: Marina Morel, a young apprentice jockey from Ambérieu-en-Bugey, succumbed to her injuries following a riding accident during a training session on Tuesday February 8, on the Gulgong track (nearly 300 kilometers northwest of Sydney). The one who grew up in Chazey-sur-Ain before leaving for Australia eight years ago, died on February 12 in a hospital in Sydney.
“A passionate person who loved horses and working with them more than anything”
Before settling in the state of New South Wales – New South Wales, Australia – where she trained in “Brett Thompson’s racing” and where she received Australian citizenship, the young woman had cut her teeth with racehorse trainer Philippe Decouz, in the center of the Chazey-sur-Ain Horse Park and with Nicolas Bertran de Balanda, at the largest racetrack in Île-de-France, the Maisons-Laffitte racecourse . “I was her last employer at the Parc du Cheval de Chazey training center, I had her six months before she left for Maisons-Laffitte, in 2012 or 2013. I heard the news today. today. She was a passionate person who loved her horses and working with them is very sad,” breathes Philippe Decouz on the phone. The Bertran de Balanda family, which opened an annex in Maisons-Laffitte in 2012, say they are “very shocked” but do not wish to speak further.
Marina Morel had notably been the training rider of the champion Gémix (Carlotamix). “Marina will be remembered as a beautiful soul both inside and out and she will be greatly missed by the Thompson Racing family. Her love of horses was so natural and amazing, we are all truly better people just for knowing Marina and always grateful to have her on our team,” Thompson Racing, where she apprenticed, posted on its page on Sunday. Facebook.
In the small town of Chazey-sur-Ain, the inhabitants seem shocked. “It’s sad news, people have been asking me questions since this morning,” comments the town clerk. “His parents have been living in Chazey for twenty years but I don’t know them very well. I met the mother in another setting, not long ago, but she did not tell me about her daughter’s career, I just know that she was abroad, ”continues the mayor of the village Claire. Andrew.
The day before her fall, she wished her dog a happy birthday on Facebook where the young woman regularly posted photos showing the passion she had for her job. Marina Morel had just celebrated her 30th birthday on December 17.
A memorial service in Australia
After the tragic disappearance of the young woman, comments and tributes flow under the post of the Facebook page of her Australian club, which announced the fatal accident. The Thompson Racing is organizing a memorial service in honor of the young woman this Tuesday, February 15 at noon at the Catholic Church of Saint Mary of the Presentation in Mudgee (Australia).
“Please dress in bright colors to reflect Marina’s luminous presence to everyone,” Thompson Racing said. The jockeys in the saddle in the Apollo Stakes (Gr2), at Randwick, wore a black armband on the day of his death.