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Teenage whizzkid Bell turns Sydney heads

Report: Australia, Saturday


NEW South Wales country whizzkid Timothy Bell was the toast of Rosehill on Saturday when he rode a winning double, turning in a couple of rides which had plenty of people in awe of his talent - including top trainer Peter Snowden.

The 16-year-old, who is indentured to trainer Sue Grills at Tamworth, completed the brace aboard the John O'Shea-trained Informality in the Green Day At The Gardens Handicap (1500m) on a hot and steamy day punctuated by storms in Sydney's west.

Informality's win also gave Bell a double after booting the Snowden-trained Renaissance home in the Canterbury Park Event Centre Handicap (1400m).

"Not too many apprentices who are 16 would dream of riding a double in town and that's actually my second double in town and second at Rosehill, it's been a happy hunting ground," Bell said.

Bell has now ridden three winners for Snowden and the trainer was blown away by the youngster's maturity as a rider.

"We had a plan to ride her quiet and take her to the middle part of the track and he rode her 12 out of 10," Snowden said.

"He's a very talented rider, horses run for him, he rides beyond his years. Sure the weight (50.5kg) helped today there is no doubt about it, but riding her to her strengths helps as well and Tim did that."

Bell burst onto the Sydney scene with the Grills-trained Border Rebel, who went on a five-race winning spree from May last year with the young hoop aboard in four of those victories.

"Thirteen months ago I was riding around the bush at non-Tabbers (non-TAB meetings) and getting one ride and I never thought I would be in the position I'm in now riding for the best trainers around," Bell said.

O'Shea was at the Gold Coast and his foreman Bryce Haynes was impressed with Bell when they talked tactics before Informality's win.

"Credit to him ... he felt he'd found the best part of the track on Renaissance and wanted to ride Informality the same way," Haynes said.

"We were happy with that because that's how Mr O'Shea worked out the best way to ride the horse anyway and he's done the job for us again.

"Tim kept his 100 per cent record intact with us after he rode Honest Lies here at Rosehill last year."

Informality, who started at 21-10, rocketed to the line under the lightweight of 50.5kg courtesy of Bell's 3kg claim to defeat Theophorus by a length and a quarter.

Bell's other winners for Snowden were Latigo inJuly last year and Beaded in the Listed Yalumba Cup at Hawkesbury last November. All of Bell's winners for Snowden are by Lonhro.

Also on Saturday

Gold Coast: Bat Out Of Hell Hcap 4½f, turf

Burdekin Blues (Barry Baldwin/Shane Scriven) brought up his fourth straight win under a big weight and will now be aimed at the Grade 1 Lightning Stakes.



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