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Hopes high for Sammy Jo after rider's horror spill

By Frank Brownlow

Published 21/05/2016

Hats off: Algometer (left) wins the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood yesterday under a strong ride from Jim Crowley
Hats off: Algometer (left) wins the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood yesterday under a strong ride from Jim Crowley

Sammy Jo Bell, one of racing's rising stars, has been rushed to hospital after a nasty incident involving her mount Royal Duchess at Carlisle.

The 24-year-old Ulster rider, who is based at the yard of top trainer Richard Fahey in Yorkshire, stormed to prominence last season when she was top jockey in the prestigious Shergar Cup at Ascot.

Sammy Jo was taken to Cumberland Infirmary for treatment yesterday.

Carlisle clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch said Sammy Jo was "sore but conscious" after she was unseated when Royal Duchess reared up and then fell on top of the Dunadry rider on the way down to the start for a seven-furlong handicap.

Sammy Jo's agent Richard Hale said: "I've spoken to her and she's gone for X-rays - we are hoping for the best."

Fahey added on Twitter: "Just spoken to Sammy, waiting for X-rays. Bit worried about pelvis but hopefully X-ray will show different."

Algometer posted a gritty victory in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood and could now take his chance in the Investec Derby on June 4 - as long as conditions are testing.

David Simcock's grey cannot have been suited by the sedate pace set by Prize Money and it is a credit to the son of Archipenko that he ground it out to overhaul his rival by half a length.

Those who fancy the chance of an inclement Derby week can still get 33-1 about Algometer, who ideally needs cut in the ground.

But those that see him as a St Leger candidate - which is certainly the view of Simcock -saw Coral cut him from 25-1 into 20-1 for the Doncaster Classic.

The Newmarket handler said of the 13-8 scorer: "The way the race panned out was the opposite of what he wanted but he gives everything.

"He's a hard horse to work out because at home you could work him with a horse rated 60 or 100 and the outcome would be the same.

"If it rained at Epsom we might think about it but, realistically, the Leger is the right race for him.

"If it doesn't rain at Epsom we'll leave it and go to Ireland (for the Irish Derby)."

Frankie Dettori gave Persuasive (10-11 favourite) a peach of a ride to take the Goodwood Aero Club Fillies Handicap, a race dominated by owners Cheveley Park Stud.

Dettori said: "She's a nice filly and quickened nicely when I asked her. I hope she might be a Listed filly."

Cheveley Park racing manager Chris Richardson ruled out running Persuasive in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He said: "John Gosden rang and said let's wait and see how we get on. I think she could be a Listed-class filly."

Marito, trained in Crossgar by Colin McBratney, was second to Paint The Clouds in the big Stratford feature last night.

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