Singapore-based jockey Tim Bell dies after falling from apartment
Popular Brisbane jockey Tim Bell, who has been based in Singapore since October this year, died last night (Nov 3) after falling from his 12th floor apartment at Choa Chu Kang.
A friend told Australian media outlet ABC News that he had slipped before falling.
According to a statement on the Singapore Turf Club (STC) website, unconfirmed reports suggested that Bell "fell to his death after attempting to climb up the 12th storey apartment to get his house keys".
Police investigations are underway.
The 22-year-old was a rising star in the sport and the news of his death has left the Australian racing community and fans in mourning.
Queensland Jockeys Association president Glen Prentice told ABC News his death was tragic.
He also said: "(Bell) felt like he'd achieved a lot in Brisbane and wanted to expand his horizons, get some international experience, to achieve goals and win Melbourne cups and be regarded in the top bracket of riders - and not only in the country but all around the world."
Bell had only been racing in Singapore, at Kranji, since October,and his three-and-a-half month stint here had already yielded him much success.
He had just won a Singapore Group 3 race in the El Dorado Classic less than two weeks ago on Oct 25.
He was the winning jockey at the latest race held at Kranji, booting home the Burridge-trained Lim’s Bullet in the last race of Sunday’s meeting.
His trainer Steven Burridge told STC: "It's a tragedy. Timmy had the whole future ahead of him and not only could he ride, but he was also such a great young man, and was very driven to become a very good jockey."