IN A CANTER: Apprentice Jamie Quinell rides Shandi Bell to victory in the John Morgan Memorial Handicap at the Ballina Racecour
IN A CANTER: Apprentice Jamie Quinell rides Shandi Bell to victory in the John Morgan Memorial Handicap at the Ballina Racecour

Symmetry for Quinell

By Steve Spinks

THERE was symmetry to Jamie Quinell's stunning effort at the Inverell Cup meeting on New Year's Day.

The Ballina apprentice jockey rode the card to claim four winners in the eight race meeting, including three for master Brett Bellamy.

The effort by Quinell was a special achievement considering his father Phillip was born and bred at Inverell.

A former jockey, Phil then moved on to training and Jamie started his apprenticeship at his Ballina stable.

However, late last year Jamie moved to Bellamy's stable to further his racing education.

Quinell rode home Sky Mews, Pigeon Ponds and Hotshot Hayil for Bellamy and Stylish Mist for pip Callaughan.

The youngster's winners took his tally to 12 this season and he sits fifth on the NSW Country apprentices premiership behind Kody Nestor who is on 25.

Grafton apprentice Ben Looker (21) and Ballina's Josh Jones (14) are second and third respectively with Ballina's Robert Agnew eighth on eight winners.

Quinell has been earmarked as a potential lightweight specialist as he only tips the scales at 45kg without a vest.

Inquiry beckons

Meanwhile, the inquiry into the fatal race fall at Grafton last month that killed Coffs Harbour jockey Daniel Baker will be held in Grafton on January 16.

The 23-year-old jockey died at the Gold Coast Hospital days after receiving injuries when his mount Hotshot Hayil fell at a meeting on December 2.

LTC's bad run

The Lismore Turf Club has had a six months it would rather forget.

After missing a number of meetings due to the equine influenza that hit Australia in September, the club's facilities were severly damaged in the wild hailstorm that lashed Lismore in October.

But things have gotten worse.

The club is currently underwater due to the floods that have ravaged the region. Hopefully the track won't be too badly affected as the next meeting at the club is due to run on February 16.

Racing set down for yesterday at Murwillumbah was cancelled after the track received more than 200ml of rain in the days leading up to the TAB meeting.



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