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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