The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

BELL RUNG IN FALL

- NATHAN EX­ELBY

IT was one of those days for jockey Tim Bell yesterday.

Bell had been hop­ing to build new-sea­son mo­men­tum with boom filly My Girl Hay­ley, but in­stead left Doomben win­less, nurs­ing an aching neck and sore lower back.

Bell lined up a nee­dle-eye open­ing on Dys­func­tion in the fourth event on the pro­gram, but the gap closed and he parted com­pany with the Tony Gol­lan trained mare.

He was able to walk back to the sad­dling en­clo­sure un­aided.

“I just hung on as long as I could to make sure noth­ing else was be­hind me. I was home. She was go­ing to win for sure,” he said.

Later Bell con­fessed to “feel­ing very sore” as the af­ter ef­fects of the fall set in.

“I landed on my head and then my shoul­der. I’m feel­ing it now,” he said be­fore telling stew­ards he be­lieved he would be OK to ride at the Gold Coast to­day.

Stew­ards could find fault on the part of no rider in the in­ci­dent.

My Girl Hay­ley was an eas­ing favourite to build on her de­but win, but was no match for the Les Ross quinella pair in the run to the line.

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