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Sammy Jo Bell back in the saddle
Sammy Jo Bell returned to
gallops action on Monday
morning for the first time in
almost seven months.
The highly-rated apprentice
had to spend several weeks in a
wheelchair after undergoing a
pelvic operation following a heavy
fall at Carlisle last May.
Bell was unseated when Royal
Duchess reared up and then fell on
top of her on the way down to the
start for a seven-furlong handicap.
Initial examinations suggested
she had escaped serious injury, but
it later transpired Bell required
She was delighted to be back at
Richard Fahey's North Yorkshire
base and is hoping to return to
competitive action next month.
"It's good to get going again.
I think I rode eight (horses) this
morning, so it was busy enough
for my first day back," she said.
"I've been off for seven months,
but it actually doesn't feel that
"I've been riding a pony at
home, but today was my first time
back on a racehorse since May.
"Everything felt good. My arms
and legs are a bit like jelly and
every horse seemed to be puling
my arms out, but I think that's
normal after so long off.
"I think I'll be a bit stiff and sore
for a few days, but I feel good and
it's great to be back riding."
Fahey said: "She's had a long
time off and she's a grafter, so
I'm sure she's pleased to be back
riding out, but I don't have a clue
when she'll be back race-riding.
She'll obviously have to pass the
doctor first and we'll see how she
gets on." Time to get
on the 'Bay!'
Spinaker Bay will be no surprise whatsoever
if able to cause one in the Maiden Stakes over
six furlongs of Newcastle tapeta today; William
Jarvis' charge could well gain reward for con-
sistency under champion apprentice Josephine
Gordon, first jockey to ride this Lawman filly in
Chopping and changing with jockeys is ridicu-
lous; unfortunately it happens more nowadays due
to obsessive agents and so many opportunities for
horses at far flung venues and obsessive agents who
pressurise trainers/owners who get confused given
the deadline of two-day(s) declarations. 'Make up
your mind or else...!'
That's the way agents operate but, of course, not
all trainers wilt, a few have contracted jockeys but
that's expensive for the likes of Jarvis who is very
much a 'bit player' by comparison.
William's father, Ryan, was a respected tough New-
market grappler, real old school; he'd have said plenty
to buzzing agents.
Anyway Spinaker Bay arrives at Gosforth Park on
the back of a last of nine to Assassinate over five fur-
longs of left-handed Lingfield polytrack seven weeks
ago; forget that!
Spinaker Bay was drawn nine (widest!) and might
as well have been berthed in the car park because that
particular dash is close to a sharp bend which has to be
negotiated at start-up speed; extremely difficult for
those drawn wide because rules state 'in all flat races'
runners are required to keep straight for 150 metres!
There is such a thing as a physical impossibility,
this borders on it!
Judged on previous efforts at Windsor in a nursery
and Chelmsford there is no doubt Spinaker Bay is a
serious threat to twice-raced, David Barron-trained
Glorious Politics; a 5lbs fillies' allowance and useful
time-handicap mark could weigh heavily against the
Of course Barron is the class act where AWR is
concerned and William is by no means a 'winning
machine' but, given the likely value on offer, we have
to tread where others wouldn't even bother to go,
'faint heart never won fair lady!'
11.10 Spinaker Bay (nap-e.w)
12.10 Fastnet Blast (e.w)
1.10 Atteq (e.w).
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am.......................... 35-8
1 pm ...................................10-7
4 pm ............................... 34-27
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Tuesday, January 3, 2017
2 6.30 pm
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
6 (Belly) 4 pm
33 (Spider) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
30 (House Cat)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 6 20
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 118 4 31
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 6 7 5 4 22
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 10 11 34
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 6 22
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Bridgmohan wins Pago
Hop in track record
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Jamaican Shaun
Bridgmohan wrapped up 2016 in style, pro-
ducing a dominant front-running effort with
favourite Believe in Bertie to win the co-feature
US$104 400 Pago Hop Stakes in a new track re-
cord at Fair Grounds on New Year's Eve.
In firm turf conditions over a mile, Bridgmohan and
the three-year-old filly led into the first turn and then
made all the running to reach the wire 7-? lengths
clear in a breezy time of one minute, 34.22 seconds.
The time eclipsed the one-year-old record of 1:34.51
set by six-year-old Paroled in 2015.
"It was an awesome effort, and we're very proud
of her," said trainer Brad Cox.
The victory was Believe in Bertie's fourth in nine
starts and it carried her career earnings to $271 522.
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