Tragedy strikes racing industry


A young picnic jockey Reece Potter has died from serious injuries he suffered in a fall on Saturday after his family made the agonising decision to switch off his life support system on Monday.

Potter, 23, was involved in a fall at the Tottenham picnics on Saturday when his mount, Half Handy crashed to the turf after breaking its pelvis and the jockey suffered severe head injuries.

Potter was transported to Dubbo Airport before being airlifted to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, late on Saturday night where he remained in a critical condition on life support.

Doctors at RPA performed exhaustive tests and on Monday the family made the decision to turn off Potter’s life support system.

“This is a tragedy and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Reece’s mother Vikki and his family,” Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys said.

“I believe he was an extremely popular young rider who was based out near Hawkesbury and his loss would no doubt be a devastating blow for all that knew Reece.

“This is a very sad day for the NSW thoroughbred racing industry and on its behalf, I would like to offer the Potter family and friends our sincere condolences for their loss.”

Potter was a grandson of Harry Williams, a former champion Western Districts jockey, and was a nephew of Goulburn trainer Danny Williams.

Racing NSW has offered counselling to all riders that participated at the Tottenham race meeting.