Country: Northern Ireland
Number of rides: 649
Career wins: 70
Prize money: SEK 6.978.187 (€714.778)
Lowest riding weight: 51 kg
Sammy Jo Bell
Sammy Jo Bell was raised in Ballyclare, County Antrim. Working with trainers Jim Bolger and Kevin Prendergast early in her career, she was clearly set for success when riding her first win on Prendergast-trained Celtic Dane in only her third race.
Bell rode 10 winners in Ireland before moving to the UK at the start of 2013 to ride for North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey, riding her first winner in Britain aboard Shot In The Sun at Beverley on July 6th 2013.
After a successful start to the season in 2015, she was drafted in as a late replacement for the injured Cathy Cannon in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup - the International Jockeys competition at Ascot Racecourse in which she rode two winners, helping secure The Girls team their first victory and in doing so won The Silver Saddle, an award presented to the leading rider at the meeting.
After riding 28 winners during her breakthrough 2015 season, her 2016 campaign ended prematurely after she was thrown and rolled on by a horse in a horrific incident at Carlisle. After a long rehabilitation, she has started where she left off and has been back in the winner’s enclosure on a number of occasions already in 2017.