Inquiry into death fall delayed to give family time

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au RACING NSW will delay its inquiry into the fall that killed jockey Daniel Baker to give his family time to grieve.

Chairman of stewards Ray Murrihy yesterday said the inquiry that opened immediately after the race would not be resumed while it would interrupt the Baker family's grieving process.

"No date has been set as yet," Murrihy said.

"We need to be sensitive to the Baker family's needs. "In respect (to the family) we'll allow some breathing space and set a date in the near future."

He said the initial inquiry could not be completed because the usual process involved interviews with the injured jockey at a later time.

Baker, 23, died on Tuesday from severe head injuries sustained when his mount Hotshot Hayil crashed to the turf at Grafton on Sunday.

According to the stewards' report from the meet, seven jockeys and two trainers gave evidence on the day.

Ballina jockeys Lorna Cook and Joshua Jones, who finished first and second in the race, were among those questioned. Felixtrinidad trainer Stephen Lee also provided evidence.

A post-race veterinary examination of Hotshot Hayil revealed the gelding had a minor skin abrasion on its nose and left hind leg.

Murrihy said the inquiry was necessary and would be continued as soon as appropriate.



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