Mikaela Claridge’s family are taking legal action against Cranbourne Turf Club

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As reported in the Herald Sun and Racenet, the fall on the sand track at Cranborne Racecourse in the early hours of August 30, 2019 and the subsequent death of jockey Mikaela Claridge from critical head injuries she sustained in the incident is set to have further proceedings, with Claridge’s family will take legal action against the Cranbourne Turf Club for the pain and suffering she has suffered since the incident.

Jockey Chelsea Hall is also believed to be a party to the court proceedings.

There were allegations of negligence on the part of both the club and Saloon Park Ltd, the registered name of Ken Keys racing, Claridge’s employer at the time.

In February 2021, at the conclusion of a workplace safety investigation, the racing club was charged with six breaches of the Workplace Safety Act. Saloon Park was charged with one count of failure to provide a system of work.

A contested court hearing was held in November 2021.

Both Cranbourne Turf Club and Saloon Park Ltd have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case is now due to go to trial in March next year.

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