Sammy Jo Returns A Leger Legend


11 September 2019

Sammy Jo Bell stole the show at Doncaster as she made a winning return to the saddle in the Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes on Dubai Acclaim (5-1).

Bell retired from riding back in 2018 but looked as sharp as ever as she steered Richard Fahey’s four-year-old to a narrow victory. 

Noel Fehily and Hammer Gun (4-1f) threw down a late challenge but Bell had just enough left in the tank to fight off the well-backed favourite. 

Adrian Nicholls and Flying Dragon (5-1) came home third.

Bell said: “I think I still went a little bit too soon but that's being out of practice for a while! But that was brilliant I really enjoyed it. 

“They went quick up front and I felt that would suit my horse and it has done. I'm just thankful to Richard that he gave me the chance to ride again and he put me on a winner.

"I have to say I was fairly nervous today just because I probably haven't had enough time to put the work I wanted to put into it. 

“But it's all for a great cause and Jack Berry House is something that's been quite close to my heart helping me get back from my injury and it's great to repay them."

William Hill spokesperson Rupert Adams added: “It was a doubly popular win with us as the gamble of the race Hammer Gun (16-1 into 6-1) came home a very narrow second.”

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