Boy's late swerve costs Bellamy victory.
Byline: Bruce Jackson
BATH was not the only course to witness some bank holiday Monday mayhem yesterday as hot favourite Boy In A Bentley and jockey Tom Bellamy went their separate ways with Kempton's 2m5f novice hurdle at their mercy. The luckless jockey tried manfully to cling on after jumping the final flight with a four-length lead but eventually was unable to stay in the saddle.
Bellamy had made the running on the even-money favourite but his mount swerved on landing over the last, leading to a slowmotion unseating for the conditional rider.
Betfair backers, who were taking 1.08 about Boy In A Bentley as he approached the last, must have let out as big a groan as the sizeable family crowd as Bellamy desperately tried to get his left leg back over his mount after the jink sent him right out of the saddle.
As gravity took over, the saddle slipped down the right flank of Boy In A Bentley, who had run wide on the grandstand bend earlier in the race.
Bellamy, who showed his frustration by taking off his skullcap and throwing it to the ground, said: "The saddle slipped - it was as simple as that."
Trainer Kim Bailey added: "The horse is still desperately green and in a perfect world he wants holding up."
The day did not get any better for Bellamy as two races later he brought McCabe Creek with a strong-looking run approaching the second-last only for his mount to run out on the wrong side of the rail into the hurdle and unseat him.
Tom Bellamy unseats when clear on Boy In A Bentley