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Blow for Sammy Jo with injury worse than first feared

By Frank Brownlow

Published 26/05/2016

Further setback: Sammy Jo Bell faces longer spell out than first anticipated
Further setback: Sammy Jo Bell faces longer spell out than first anticipated

Ulster jockey Sammy Jo Bell could be facing a longer spell on the sidelines than originally expected after being informed her injury could be more serious than first thought.

Sammy Jo — who rose to prominence last season when winning the top jockey award in the prestigious Shergar Cup at Ascot — was injured at Carlisle last Friday when her mount Royal Duchess reared up and fell on her on the way to the start.

After a visit to Carlisle Infirmary, the Dunadry rider was diagnosed with a cracked pubic bone.

However, she subsequently went for a second opinion at York District Hospital on Tuesday and a CT scan revealed further complications.

Sammy Jo was taken from York to Hull Royal Infirmary, where additional examinations are being carried out.

The 24-year-old’s boss, leading Yorkshire-based trainer Richard Fahey, said: “They might have to put plates in her and all sorts.

“She’s been transferred to Hull from York. I was surprised they let her out on Friday. We’ll know a bit more after they’ve had a proper look, but it sounds like it’s worse than they thought it was originally.”

Sammy Jo had tweeted at the weekend: “Thank you for all the calls and messages, have a fractured pubic bone so in a bit of pain but hopefully back to what I love doing soon.”

Paddy Twomey will keep Ascot in mind for his impressive Curragh winner Van Der Decken.

The Dutch Art colt ran out winner of a strong-looking maiden on Sunday, won 12 months previously by Air Force Blue.

“He’s come out of it in good form and I think he’ll prefer a bit nicer ground,” he said.

- Down Royal stages a competitive seven-race card tomorrow, first race 5.30pm.

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