Simone honoured at Darwin Cup

DARWIN CUP: Kodah Montgomerie holding the award she presented to the Darwin Cup winning jockey

DARWIN CUP: Kodah Montgomerie holding the award she presented to the Darwin Cup winning jockey

DARWIN Cup Day in the Northern Territory on August 4 marked the one year anniversary of Simone Montgomerie's fatal fall after being thrown from her horse, Riahgrand, during the 2013 race.

The Montgomerie family made the trek to Darwin to present two trophies to the winning trainer and jockey of the race renamed Wolf Blass Montgomerie Lightning Plate in memory of Ms Montgomerie.

The race winner was Corstons Beau, trained by Gary Clarke, who worked side-by-side with Ms Montgomerie during her career, and jockey Kim Gladwin.

DARWIN CUP: Gary Clark speaking, Sharlene Clarke, Ella Clarke and Jockey Kim Gladwin and Simone Montgomeries daughter Kodah Montgomerie.

DARWIN CUP: Gary Clark speaking, Sharlene Clarke, Ella Clarke and Jockey Kim Gladwin and Simone Montgomeries daughter Kodah Montgomerie.

Ms Montgomerie's mother Lee-Anne Montgomerie presented the winning trainer with the Wolf Blass Montgomerie Lightning Plate trophy and her daughter Kodah presented the Wolf Blass Montgomerie Lightning Plate plaque to the winning jockey.

The Darwin Turf Club also decided to name the cup day Purple Ribbon Day in honour of Ms Montgomerie and her outstanding contribution to Australian horse racing.

Her sister Mardi Montgomerie said the family held the Darwin Cup Day close to their hearts as it marked the day that changed the rest of their lives.

"It will always be a special day for our family and we will all be doing our best to make it to the Darwin Cup every year to remember her," she said.

"She died doing what she absolutely loved, which we will always cherish, love, respect and honor."

PURPLE RIBBONS: Kodah Montgomerie at the Darwin Cup.

PURPLE RIBBONS: Kodah Montgomerie at the Darwin Cup.

Simone Montgomerie's parents and Kodah will continue to present the Montgomerie Lightning Plate at future Darwin Cup Days.

Mardi Montgomerie said people within the racing industry had been fantastic since losing her sister to the sport and many have become like family members.

"We love the industry and the racing family, which we have always been a part of.

"To have Kodah grow up in the same industry that her mum was a big part of is very important to us," she said.

"It reminds her and all of us how amazing and loved her mum truly was."

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