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‘Love you forever’: Girlfriend’s tribute to jockey who died after fall

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Stefano Cherchi’s girlfriend has paid an emotional tribute to the jockey after he lost his life following injuries sustained in a race fall at Canberra.

Cherchi, 23, died on Wednesday after suffering head injuries in a three-horse race fall at Canberra on March 20.

He was transported to Canberra Hospital and remained in intensive care unit until his passing.

A memorial mass for Cherchi will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 48 George St, Liverpool NSW at 10.30am on Monday, April 8.

The jockey’s girlfriend Brittany, the daughter of former champion British jockey Kieren Fallon, had travelled to Australia to be at his bedside.

“Life will never be the same,” Brittany wrote on social media. “I’ll love you forever, thank you for showing me the most passionate kind of love I could have only ever imagined.”

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said Cherchi’s death at such a young age is “extremely sad”.

“Words can’t describe the deep sorrow our industry is feeling today,” V’landys said.

“Stefano was extremely popular amongst his peers and it will be hard for them to come to terms with his tragic passing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and as part of the racing family we will do everything we can to support them in their immense grief.”

Cherchi was born in Italy and moved to England as a teenager to pursue his racing dreams.

He started riding in 2018 and rode 106 winners in the United Kingdom, including 38 for Newmarket-based trainer, Marco Botti, who whom he was apprenticed.

Botti took to social media to express his sadness after learning of Cherchi’s passing.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking day for us all but Stefano will always be with us. His charming character and smile can never be forgotten,” Botti said.

Cherchi decided to relocate to Australia at the start of this year and based himself at Warwick Farm where he rode primarily for the Annabel Neasham stable.

He had ridden two winners on the Neasham-trained Invasive at Orange and aboard Flying Bat for trainer Robert Quinn at Gosford.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.

Stefano Cherchi delivers his last winner – Flying Bat (black) at Gosford on March 16. Picture: Bradley Photos

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