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Templepatrick's Sammy-Jo Bell gets Shergar Cup chance

By Anita Chambers

Published 05/08/2015

Sammy-Jo Bell
Sammy-Jo Bell

Sammy-Jo Bell has received a massive boost with a call-up for the Shergar Cup at Ascot.

Sammy-Jo, from Templepatrick, is one of racing's rising stars and this latest accolade, in racing's most prestigious team event, accompanies her challenge for the apprentice jockeys championship.

The 24-year-old - based in Yorkshire at the yard of top trainer Richard Fahey - has racked up £134,000 in prize money so far this season.

Fahey last night tweeted his congratulations to Sammy-Jo ahead of Saturday's Shergar Cup.

The Ulster rider has more than doubled her combined winning totals for the two previous seasons and has already reached her 20-win target for the year.

"I'm thrilled to be give such an exciting opportunity," said Sammy-Jo.

Top jockey Hayley Turner will again captain the women's team in the Shergar Cup.

Sammy-Jo's chance comes due to an injury to Cathy Gannon.

Gannon has been out of action since bruising her collarbone when unseated from My Son Max prior to a race on July 24.

Hernandoshideaway can return refreshed from a short break in the tiesplanet.com Handicap at Pontefract.

Michael Dods' charge was last seen in May when he chased home the well-regarded Fabricate in a handicap on easy ground at Haydock, beaten just under two lengths at the line.

That was a creditable performance given the winner now boasts a rating just shy of 100 and also enjoyed first run on Hernandoshideaway, who could never quite get back on terms.

He had previously won on his maiden bow at Ayr last August, while he finished second to Not Never on his seasonal return in May, subsequently turning that bit of form around at Haydock.

The fact he has been off the track for more than two months is hardly a positive, but Dods appears to have been waiting for conditions to come in his favour and good ground in West Yorkshire should be well within his compass.

Honorina is a close relation of Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach and should be primed for the Kempton's British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes.

BRIGHTON: 1.50 Anwar, 2.20 Start Time, 2.50 Easydoesit, 3.20 Muqarred, 3.50 Kizingo, 4.20 Happy Jack, 4.50 Lady Zodiac.

CHEPSTOW: 2.00 Little Voice, 2.30 Cara's Muse, 3.00 Real Smart, 3.30 Stone Roses, 4.00 L'y Clover, 4.30 Rayak, 5.00 Dr Kehoe.

KEMPTON: 6.10 Cascading Stars, 6.40 Tolah, 7.10 Honorina, 7.40 Le Notre, 8.10 Arabian Illusion, 8.40 Up In Lights, 9.10 Awesome Rock.

NEWCASTLE: 5.20 Wayside Magic, 5.50 Samhain, 6.20 Exotic Guest, 6.50 Advance, 7.20 Sea Of Heaven, 7.50 Liberal Angel, 8.20 Pacngo.

PONTEFRACT: 2.10 Qibtee, 2.40 Kraftwork, 3.10 Im Dapper Too, 3.40 HERNANDOSHIDEAWAY (NAP), 4.10 Scoreline, 4.40 Fazza, 5.10 Upavon.

SLIGO: 5.30 Bonfire Bank, 6.00 Trenchtown Rock, 6.30 Vasoni, 7.00 Ceylon, 7.30 Duke Of Medina, 8.00 Xebec, 8.30 Nebulla.

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