Hotels are jammed to capacity. People are even sleeping in parks and on footpaths.
We kicked up our heels at the Royal Darwin Show a week or so back. There have been several balls for those with social lives and money to burn. (Tickets for the Cup Ball were $450 each and 3 000 tickets sold very quickly indeed.) Concerts. Plays. Ballet. Opera. Special activities for Seniors. Parties. Batchelor had its Lingalonga Festival. Soon the Darwin Festival begins. And lots of horse racing with all that goes alongside that. Fashions on the Field. Ladies Day. Fancy breakfasts. Sooo much social activity.
Until yesterday during race 6.
During race 6 though a jockey fell from her horse, was trampled by the field, and died.
The meeting was then cancelled. Lots of tears. Distressed jockeys. Anxious turf club officials. Onlookers crying. A pall of gloom descended on the entire city. Investigations and inquiries were begun.
The jockey, Simone Mongomerie, was highly regarded and had been doing extremely well this season. She is a huge loss to the racing community here. A ghastly death. She leaves behind a husband and a young daughter.
My daughter used to work at the race track. The horse racing industry is filled with so many dangers for horses and people. My heart is filled with sorrow for all involved in this case.