Gone Too Soon

I have no doubt that Tim was destined for the top

Tim Bell

Tim Bell – tragic end

It has been a tough few days. Horseracing in Singapore lost a bright young star last week in a tragic accident. I pen this with a heavy heart, writes Gareth Pepper.

Young Queensland Jockey Tim Bell sadly lost his life in what can only be described as a freak accident. Instead of dwelling on that, I would prefer to highlight what an amazing young talent he was.

After riding a winner on a one day visit in the middle of the year, Tim was granted a 3 month riding contract here.

He made a big impression early on. And from 58 rides he rode 6 winners with 17 minor placings.

What impressed me most was Tim’s demeanour.

Confident and respectful, he always had time to chat. He was the holder of the Queensland Champion Jockey title and all in all had a bright future ahead of him.

Even more remarkable – and sad – he was just 22 years old.

His passing is a shocking and tragic loss, and he really was taken from us far too soon. But I will always be grateful for the fact that I got to know Tim – for however brief a time, and he made a big impression on me.

I had the honour of playing in a golf day with him and from the word go he was full of laughs and fun. But the next morning it was back to business and his true professionalism stood out.

I have no doubt that Tim was destined for the top, wherever he would have landed up plying his trade.

I met Tim’s father Grant who had to fly out here for all the wrong reasons, and it was very clear to me within a few seconds of meeting him, as to why Tim had turned out the gentleman and professional he was.

To the Bell family, my heartfelt condolences on your loss.

I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are all going through. To Tim’s friends back home in Australia, it was a pleasure being one of his friends here. In his short time here, we shared many a great time together and many laughs. Lastly to Tim’s Girlfriend Heidi, it too was a pleasure meeting you and the strength and courage you showed belied  your years.

Tim you may be gone, but will never be forgotten my friend, RIP

This Sunday the Gold Cup is being run.

Stepitup & Super Ninetyseven

Stepitup – to make history?

Stepitup is trying to make history by defying the odds and winning all three  legs of the open Triple Crown.

Quechua is looking to make it back-to-back victories in the race and Fastnet Dragon is the best in, with the massive weight turnaround coupled with a great run last time out.

All three are hopes in what is the final Group 1 of the year. My head is telling me they are the best three chances but history shows us the lightweights are always a threat to be wary of.

My heart, however, is with Sebrose, as he was meant to be Tim’s mount in the race.

I’m sure Tim will be shouting him home from the jockey room in the sky – and it would certainly be a fitting victory and tribute to a life cut short far too early.

Till next time.

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