Vale Stefano Cherchi

Sardinian-born jockey, Stefano Cherchi, aged 23, died as the result of injuries sustained after a tragic race fall at Canberra on Wednesday, 20 March 2024.  

He was transported to Canberra Hospital following the incident, where he remained in intensive care up until his passing on Wednesday, April 3rd.

His parents Sebastian and Maria, and his sister Eleanora have been by his side throughout this time, as has his girlfriend Brittany Fallon and her sister Natalie.

A Memorial Mass in Stefano’s honour will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, Liverpool (48 George St), on Monday, 8th April 2024 at 10:30am.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Stefano’s family and friends.

Memorial Mass at All Saints Catholic Church, Liverpool
Memorial ceremony at Canberra Racing Club (footage courtesy of Sky Racing)
Stefano’s life in pictures (backing track removed due to copyright)

Stefano was well known in the UK where he had ridden for many years, but had only been in Australia for about 4 months. Yet he made a deep impact on people’s lives in that short time, particularly at the Annabel Neasham stables where he worked.

He was a young man of faith in Jesus, who trusted God even during the hard times in his life. In that same faith, we entrust him to God’s care, confident in the knowledge we will see him again one day in heaven.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)