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Sammy Jo hunting for another shot at big time on Farlow

By Frank Brownlow

Published 29/08/2015

Opportunity: Sammy Jo Bell is in big-race action today
Opportunity: Sammy Jo Bell is in big-race action today

Sammy Jo Bell gets another shot at the big time when riding Farlow in the £100,000 888Sport Stakes at Goodwood, one of the day's major televised races.

Bell is currently racing's rising star, shooting to prominence when winning the top jockey award at the recent Shergar Cup at Ascot.

The Ulster rider got the better of some of the sport's biggest names on that occasion and, at the age of 24, looks set for a bright future in the sport.

"The Shergar Cup was a brilliant experience and it will be hard to top that," said the Dunadry rider, who is based in Yorkshire at the yard of top trainer Richard Fahey.

Farlow is from the Fahey stable, as is Bell's later mount, Imshivalla, in the Whiteley Clinic Stakes.

Kodi Bear can underline his Group One potential in the Doom Bar Celebration Mile on the same card.

Clive Cox's patience with the three-year-old looks like being rewarded in spades, as after an enforced lay-off following his two-year-old career having picked up what turned out to be a serious infection, he appears at least as good as ever.

A comeback win at Windsor in June was followed by a run in the Prix Jean Prat where little went right, but it most certainly all came together in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury earlier this month.

Always in cruise control under Gerald Mosse at the head of affairs, he defied an unusual route down the outside of runners before rejoining the main group to absolutely bolt up in what seemed on paper to be renewal well up to scratch.

It is a while now since his second to Belardo in the Dewhurst and although some may have crabbed that race at the time, there seems little doubt that Kodi Bear has the talent to be a genuine top-level threat as we head towards the autumn.

Punters up and down the land will be banking on him taking the next step this weekend, as he has been backed as if defeat is out of the question this week.

Fireglow rates a rock-solid pick in the 888sport Prestige Stakes.

Thoroughly tough and consistent, as you would expect of a Mark Johnston two-year-old, she went from a Catterick maiden straight to the Albany at Royal Ascot, running a huge race to get within five lengths of Illuminate.

The winner went on to triumph in what was the Cherry Hinton, beating Lowther winner Besharah, so the form is watertight.

Fireglow herself advertised that fact when winning next time at Sandown and there was much to like about the way she went down fighting in the Sweet Solera Stakes, having served it up to the field for much of the journey.

Brian Meehan really rates winner Blue Bayou, who had been third at Newmarket to Illuminate, and it is going to take a fair sort to stop Fireglow adding further lustre to the formlines.

Fun Mac looks the best bet in the 888sport March Stakes.

An excellent second in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal fixture, he has Goodwood form to his name and will get every yard of the mile and six furlongs.

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