Former Tamworth apprentice Tim Bell has been killed in a non-racing related accident in Singapore.
The Narrabri-raised jockey, who was pursuing a three-month riding contract in Singapore, was killed after reportedly falling from a high-rise building.
Bell, 22, started his apprenticeship with Sue Grills at Tamworth and was leading apprentice in NSW in his first two seasons with more than 170 winners, Racenet reports.
Two weeks ago he won his first Singapore major, the $150,000 Group 3 El Dorado Classic (2200m) riding stayer Sebrose.
Good thrill y'day winning the G3 el dorado classic. Sebrose- brilliant under the 50kgs. thanks to mr walker and @SGTurfClub for opportunity— Timothy Bell (@timothybell_) October 25, 2015
Local Gunnedah trainer Sally Torrens said the impact of Tim's death will be felt far and wide in the racing industry but especially by his first mentor, Sue.
"She will be shattered," Sally said.
"Sue thought the world of him.
"He was an absolute brilliant jockey... and just so young."