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Plenty to look forward to for Hayley Turner in 2022

Hayley Turner is looking forward to the year ahead after riding her first winner following a seven-week absence through injury.

Having celebrated her 39th birthday on January 3, Turner made a winning start to 2022 when partnering the David Simcock-trained Race Card to victory in a mile-and-a-half handicap at Wolverhampton on Wednesday.

She said: “I broke my thumb which sidelined me for seven weeks, so it was nice to get back with a winner.

“It was a bit frustrating. I’d pulled up on one of David Simcock’s horses after the line and he just fell over. It was just one of those unlucky things.

“But it was nice to have a good break and I’m happy to be riding again now. It was good to ride a winner and get off the mark.”

Newmarket-based Turner, the first woman to ride 100 winners in a calendar year, will head to the Saudi Arabia at the end of February for the International Jockeys Challenge at the Saudi Cup, but is not setting herself any goals.

Hayley Turner at the Shergar Cup
Hayley Turner at the Shergar Cup (Steven Paston/PA)

“I like these jockeys’ challenges, and riding at the Saudi Cup meeting will be a great experience.

“I don’t really make massive plans – I just try to ride as many winners as I can, really. I feel I have plenty of support from some good trainers and am looking forward to the rest of the all-weather season and the new Flat season.”

Hayley Turner eager to tackle International Jockeys Challenge

Hayley Turner insists she is looking forward to take part in the 2022 International Jockeys Challenge at the Saudi Cup after recovering from a broken thumb.

The 38-year-old expects to be back riding again in Britain in the new year before heading off to Saudi Arabia at the end of February.

“The thumb is fine. I broke it at Wolverhampton a few weeks ago,” said Turner.

“I did it the last day before we had a little break – I’d pulled up one of David Simcock’s horses after the line and he just fell over. It was just unlucky.”

Turner will then set her sights on the stc International Jockeys Challenge run at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, as part of the two-day Saudi Cup meeting, which is headlined by the $20million Saudi Cup – the world’s most valuable race.

The jockeys’ competition, run on Friday, February 23, features four handicap races worth $400,000 each, with a further $100,000 prize fund for the challenge itself.

Seven international female riders will take part, along with five international males and two local men, with the jockeys receiving 15% of prize money won.

“This will be my first time riding in Saudi and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Turner.

“Hollie (Doyle) rode out there this year and I’ve spoken to a few others who have said it’s a really nice track to ride.

“Apparently it’s a bit like Belmont Park and I’ve ridden there a few times before. It’s exciting to be part of the Saudi Cup meeting, it’s been attracting a lot of people. The prize money is amazing so it’s easy to see why.

“I always enjoy riding in jockey challenges. I’ve taken part in quite a few – Mauritius, South Africa, Japan, Ireland and France – and obviously the Shergar Cup is one of my favourites. It will be nice to tick another one off the list.”

Among those facing Turner will be recently retired Australian superstar Glen Boss, who climbs back into the saddle to compete in the four-race contest.

Last year’s winner Shane Foley also returns to defend his crown.

Shane Foley underwent hip surgery this week
Shane Foley underwent hip surgery this week (Tim Goode/PA)

Foley, currently sidelined after having a hip operation this week, hopes to be fit in time for the Saudi Cup weekend, where a total prize purse of $31.5m is on offer for Saudi Cup day alone.

“I really enjoyed my first International Jockeys Challenge,” said Foley.

“It was a pleasure to ride against some great jockeys and I thought the track rode very well. It’s nice to see them including the turf in this year’s event, which might even give the European jockeys a bit of an edge.”

He added: “The prize money is brilliant, and you just have to see the list of jockeys that go out there to gauge how important it is for us. It’s nice to be competing alongside them all and the likes of Saudi, Dubai and Bahrain are the places we need to be during the winter.

“I know Jessie (Harrington) will be aiming a couple for the Saturday too, including Ever Present in the Red Sea Turf and possibly Confident Star in the Saudi Derby, so it would be nice to have some rides on Saudi Cup day too.”

Turner eyeing top jockey title as Racing League heads for Newcastle finale

Hayley Turner has another coveted title in her sights as leader of the William Hill Racing League jockeys’ table – but admits she will be looking over her shoulder at the chasing pack on the final night of the inaugural competition.

Turner, of course, is no stranger to success in team events – as the all-time leading rider in the history of Ascot’s Shergar Cup and recently recipient of the permanent trophy for that famous annual event.

She would therefore be an appropriate first winner of the Racing League’s equivalent prize, and has a favourite’s chance as joint leader alongside the absent Louis Steward on 207 points.

Turner will be leading the charge at Newcastle on Thursday for Team ThoroughBid – who are just four points clear of their closest rivals Goat Racing.

She has three rides for Andrew Balding and another for Richard Hannon, and a seven-point cushion ahead of Team talkSPORT’s Jack Mitchell – with Goat Racing’s reserve rider Steward unable to further his claims, because he is serving a riding ban.

The threat posed by Mitchell and a clutch of others such as Saffie Osborne is significant, however, as Turner acknowledges.

“It’s still a bit open – because I think Jack Mitchell’s not far behind me, and Martin Dwyer and Saffie (Osborne),” she said.

“I think they’ve all got good rides, so I’m not over-confident of keeping my head in front.”

Hayley Turner is no stranger to success in team events
Hayley Turner is no stranger to success in team events (Steven Paston/PA)

There are 25 points on offer to the winner of each of the six races through the card.

Turner is optimistic of adding to her tally with her four mounts, and is also hoping ThoroughBid can stay in front.

“They’ve all got chances, so that’s good,” she added.

“We’ve had a good few weeks (at ThoroughBid), and I know that Sean (Levey) has a couple of good rides for Richard (Hannon) as well.

“It’s tight, though. It’s not a given going into the last one.

“It’s always a bit of fun. It’s nice to do something a bit different – so yes, it would be good (to win), and I’m glad the competition has gone down well with everyone.”

Saffie Osborne has enjoyed a fine time of things in the Racing League
Saffie Osborne has enjoyed a fine time of things in the Racing League (Nigel French/PA)

Turner’s evening begins with Balding’s Winterwatch in the opening race over an extended mile and a half, and she also rides Scampi and Fox Premier for the Kingsclere trainer before relying on Hannon’s Kool Moe Dee in the last.

Winterwatch is an unexposed and improving three-year-old.

Turner said: “I think Josh (Bryan) has been riding him, and he’s done a good job on him at home as well.

“I don’t know (much) about the horse, but I’ll have a chat with him. He’s done nothing wrong so far.”

She expects Newcastle’s stiffer track to suit Scampi better than Lingfield last time – when they finished third together – and also senses good chances with Fox Premier and Kool Moe Dee.

She said of the former: “He ran well last time, staying on. He’s always in with a shout, and he’s a very genuine and consistent horse.”

As for Kool Moe Dee, Turner added: “He was unlucky last time at Lingfield.

“He didn’t get the breaks when he needed them. He’s run a couple of good races – he’s not the most straightforward horse to ride, but you wouldn’t rule him out altogether.”

Team talkSPORT's Jack Mitchell is hot on the heels of Hayley Turner
Team talkSPORT’s Jack Mitchell is hot on the heels of Hayley Turner (Tim Goode/PA)

Mitchell has a notably strong book of rides, and is still full of hope for both his title challenge and that of talkSPORT – who are currently more than 35 points adrift of the top two, in third of 12.

He is relishing the challenge, and told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s going to be competitive stuff.

“It’s obviously very tight at the top of the jockeys’ table – and even the team table can change very quickly, so I’m hoping talkSPORT have a good team to go to war with.”

On Steward’s absence, he added: “It’s sad for him. Obviously, Louis has done brilliantly throughout the whole series – and Goat Racing have had a good team to go forward with.

“There’s enough points on offer. I’ve got six (rides), I think Saffie’s got six, (and) Hayley’s got four – so there’s plenty of chances.”

The leading rider at the end of the competition will take home a £25,000 bonus, with £15,000 to the second and £10,000 to the third-placed jockey.

Team ThoroughBid on top in Racing League

Team ThoroughBid took a narrow lead in the William Hill Racing League after the fourth week of the six-meeting series.

They had just the one winner on the card, courtesy of Quickstep Lady in race two, but picked up further crucial points in other races to end the evening on top with 245 points.

Hayley Turner steered the Andrew Balding-trained filly home to earn the 25 points and she now heads the jockeys’ table.

“It was a strong gallop and she ground it out really well,” she told Sky Sports Racing.

“She goes so well at home and looks a million dollars so it was nice it paid off today.”

Team Swish led at the start of play and added 18 points to their tally when Fernando Rah was runner-up in the opening contest.

That went to Newmarket Red’s Autumn Flight (12-1), from Robert Cowell’s yard, who prevailed by half a length in the hands of Robert Havlin.

However, Team Swish finished the night in fourth place on 231 points, with Goat Racing second on 242 and Team talkSPORT third on 232.

Louis Steward riding Via Serendipity
Louis Steward riding Via Serendipity (Steven Paston/PA)

Goat Racing had their winner with Via Serendipity, who came with a strong run to win race four over a mile.

Louis Steward gave Charlie Fellowes’ seven-year-old a patient ride to head long-time leader Hieronymous.

“I’ve been watching all the races and I was a bit worried as my instructions were to switch him off, but Charlie was right – he knows the horse inside out. When the gaps came he picked up like a nice horse,” said Steward.

“One smooth run down the middle here helps, especially on a hold-up horse. We did that and it paid off.”

Dark Lion (7-2) came from off the pace to snatch the spoils for Team talkSPORT in race three over a mile in the hands of Jack Mitchell.

Dark Lion struck under Jack Mitchell
Dark Lion struck under Jack Mitchell (Steven Paston/PA)

Roger Varian’s charge was produced with a rattling run to grab Air To Air close home to score by a neck.

Champagne Piaff (2-1 favourite) was the toast of Team BullionVault when winning race five in great style.

The Gary Moore-trained three-year-old stayed on strongly under Hector Crouch to score nicely from Barenboim.

Remulate Racing had their first winner of the competition when Sword Beach (11-1) struck in race six in the hands of Georgia Dobie for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton.

Shergar Cup belongs to Turner as Ladies triumph at Ascot

Hayley Turner is looking forward to taking home the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup for good after leading the Ladies team to victory in the 20th running of Ascot’s annual competition.

Turner is the most successful jockey in the Cup’s history, having claimed eight winners in 13 previous appearances.

She was leading rider at the fixture in both 2018 and 2019 – and with the competition having to be cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, she was delighted to again be leading the team which this year also contained Mickaëlle Michel, from France, and Scottish rider Nicola Currie.

Earlier in the week, Turner made a plea to keep the Shergar Cup for good if she could complete a hat-trick of jockey crowns.

“My dad was telling me if you win the World Cup for three years you get to actually keep it, so I’m thinking if I win it for a third year, surely I get to keep the actual Shergar Cup?” she said.

While riding honours went emphatically to Currie, whose double on the card helped her claim the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle award, Shergar Cup organisers confirmed Turner can keep the team silverware – having racked up 304 Shergar Cup points.

Another trophy will be produced for 2022.

Turner said: “I think I’m going to need a bigger house to put it in! I’m absolutely delighted.

“Well done to Nicola – she has ridden out of her skin today. The Shergar Cup has helped me over the years by projecting my career and hopefully it will be the same for Nicola, because she deserves more quality rides than she is getting.

“Nicola is amazing, and it’s so good for her – I’m delighted. I love the Shergar Cup, it is so much fun.”

The Ladies team, previously known as the Girls, was introduced in 2012 to create a four-way competition along with Europe, Rest of the World and Great Britain and Ireland.

The sides have tweaked slightly in the current pandemic era, with GB and Ireland split and Europe on hold for 2021.

Currie’s two winners on the card were a major contribution to the Ladies Team’s table-topping tally of 69 points.

Jockey Nicola Currie holding the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle Trophy
Jockey Nicola Currie holding the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle Trophy (Steven Paston/PA)

She said: “What a team. In the end they were straightforward rides and straightforward winners. It’s been a fantastic day, and thanks to all the owners and trainers who have helped today.

“All the publicity is great – it’s hard work being a jockey, and any publicity is good publicity.

“It’s great to have two winners on the board. It’s fantastic and it’s just been a great day.”

Team Ireland were second best in the overall competition on 66 points, with Britain third on 64 and Rest of the World last of the four on 53.

While she did not manage to get among the winners, Michel was delighted to take part, saying: “I’ve loved riding today.

“I was close on a second, and it would have been lovely to win a race, but riding at Ascot has been brilliant.”

Turner has eyes on Shergar Cup glory once more

Hayley Turner would love to take home the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday – quite literally.

Turner, who describes the team competition as her favourite event in the calendar, is on a roll as she was the leading rider at the fixture in both 2018 and 2019 and she once again captains the Ladies team in this year’s six-race contest.

Should she complete a hat-trick of jockey crowns in 2021, Turner feels she has a strong case for making the Shergar Cup trophy her own.

She said: “I’d like to think (I could win again). My dad was telling me if you win the World Cup for three years you get to actually keep it, so I’m thinking if I win it for a third year, surely I get to keep the actual Shergar Cup?

Hayley Turner celebrates winning the Shergar Cup Classic on Sapa Inca
Hayley Turner celebrates winning the Shergar Cup Classic on Sapa Inca (Simon Cooper/PA)

“I’ll google it to make sure before I speak with Nick Smith (Ascot’s director of racing and public affairs)!”

Turner has been the poster girl for Ascot’s team event in recent years, contesting 13 renewals and winning the competition with the Ladies team in both 2015 and 2018.

While travel restrictions have limited the scope of rider recruitment this year, with French jockey Mickaëlle Michel and Team Ireland’s Tadgh O’Shea the only riders primarily based outside of Britain, Turner is still anticipating another exciting afternoon at the Berkshire track.

She said: “It’s my favourite day of the year, it’s a lot of fun. Although it’s not going to be how it usually is, they’ve made a great effort to get people involved with the teams.

“It’s just something a bit different to the day to day grind that we do, especially this time of year, it’s the same sort of thing every day. It’s quite refreshing to do it a little bit differently, it’s nice to have the teams, get your rides drawn out of a hat rather than getting picked for rides – the trainers get stuck with you!”

Michel will be making her British debut, but the rider, who has set records in France and enjoyed success in Japan, is no stranger to Turner, who plied her trade across the Channel after returning from a brief retirement, taking full advantage of a weight allowance introduced by France Galop for horses ridden by women.

Mickaëlle Michel will make her Shergar Cup debut at Ascot this weekend
Mickaëlle Michel will make her Shergar Cup debut at Ascot this weekend (Ascot Racecourse)

She said: “I went over to France for a while and she was there then. It’s been nice to see her progress through her career. She’s really improved and I’m delighted she’s been given the opportunity to ride at Ascot because I know it will mean a lot to her.

“To be honest, I think the French are slightly behind with the progression of female jockeys and I know they’ve tried to elevate it with the claim, but at the same time I think that does restrict the girls more from riding in the big races because they don’t claim.

“I don’t think the rules are necessary, even though that’s why I went over there, but it was just a way of getting back into racing and if someone gives you 20 quid you take it don’t you?

“I think she certainly deserves the opportunities in big races over there and it’s a shame she’s not getting them yet, but hopefully she will if she keeps working hard.”

The Ladies team, previously known as the Girls, was introduced in 2012 to make it a four-way competition along with Europe, Rest of the World and Great Britain and Ireland, although the sides have tweaked slightly in the current pandemic era, with GB and Ireland split and Europe on hold for 2021.

Female riders have made relentless progress over the last nine years, with Hollie Doyle regularly smashing records and contesting Group One races while Rachael Blackmore famously won the Grand National and was crowned leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival during the last jumps season.

Josephine Gordon, Hollie Doyle and Hayley Turner celebrate winning the Shergar Cup in 2018
Josephine Gordon, Hollie Doyle and Hayley Turner celebrate winning the Shergar Cup in 2018 (Julian Herbert/PA)

Doyle herself was part of the 2018 Shergar Cup and Turner maintains there is still a place for the Ladies team and believes it offers a fine platform for riders of both sexes to forge new alliances.

She said: “The thing with the girls’ team is it’s not a sexist thing, it’s a bit of fun.

“We get lots of young girls and people there who support our team and follow us. I think the people who keep saying they shouldn’t have a girls’ team are just reading into it a little bit too much, it’s a bit of fun and I like the support we get as well. I think we’re probably one of the most popular teams to follow so it’s great.

“Certainly for me it’s been a great help – for example, I had a winner for Mark Johnston there one year and the same horse ran again a month later in a Listed race and I kept the ride on her because I obviously got on well with her and she won that.

“I’ve had a winner for Stuart Williams who I’d never ridden for before and I’ve ended up riding for him since then. It would be the same for the lads as much as the girls I think, but it’s a great opportunity for us.”

Nicola Currie, another Shergar Cup debutante, is the third member of the Ladies team and she is an early favourite to take the top rider prize, with her side also the market leader for the competition overall with Betfair.

Turner rates her best chance on the card as the Roger Charlton-trained Barn Owl in the 12-furlong Classic.

She added: “The first two I’m riding I’ve actually ridden and won on before. Tone The Barone is going to need a PB and then I’ve got Indigo Times whose best form is on the all-weather – I would imagine he’d have been favourite if it was on the all-weather.

“I think we’ve all got a decent chance on a few of them, but Barn Owl would probably be the stand out (for me). Hopefully she’s one who is progressing.”

Aristia outdoes Alpine Star to take Listed honours at York

Aristia thwarted a winning comeback for the classy Alpine Star as Hayley Turner completed a York treble in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes.

Alpine Star, winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on her first start of last season and a close second in three subsequent Group Ones, could not quite repel 22-1 shot Aristia’s determined challenge and had to settle for runner-up spot.

Richard Hannon’s winner, a successful debutante at Newbury in April who has twice been beaten at Listed and Group Two level since, appeared set to be outdone by the strong-travelling odds-on favourite a furlong out but battled on to prevail by a short head.

The three-year-old’s victory continued a fine evening for Turner, who won the opening John Wright Electrical Silk Series Female Jockeys’ Handicap on Andrew Balding’s Dejame Paso at 11-4 and then the JKH 80th Birthday Celebration EBF Restricted Novice Stakes with Charlie McBride’s 13-8 favourite Silken Petals.

Jessica Harrington’s Alpine Star was returning from a 292-day absence, after a spring setback delayed her four-year-old campaign, but Turner nonetheless admitted it was beyond expectations to beat her.

Turner told Racing TV:  “It was a surprise certainly – because I think we were all thinking we were going to be second to the favourite.

“But she’s a really tough filly, and she battled well – and I think having fitness and toughness on her side helped her manage to get home.”

Aristia, who launched her challenge from off the pace, had a stirring duel with Alpine Star before just getting the better of the exchange – with Fooraat only another short-head back in third of seven.

Turner added: “I was drawn seven and ideally would like to have had a bit of cover. But without taking her right back, I couldn’t manage that – but she actually did settle quite well.

“We managed to follow the favourite through, which gave us a nice lead. We made it a test for the favourite, which played in our favour.

“Alpine Star is a tough filly, a Group One winner with a very high rating. We all thought we might be second, but that was a nice surprise.”

Doyle hoping female influence can continue to grow at Ascot

Female riders are looking to have more mounts than ever at Royal Ascot next week, with Hollie Doyle hoping her exploits, along with those of Hayley Turner, will inspire others.

Horse racing is one of the few sports in which men and women compete on level terms and in the past five years, the number of rides for female jockeys during Royal Ascot has increased dramatically from just one in 2016 to 27 last year.

Turner and Doyle are likely to lead the way in 2021 with Nicola Currie, Megan Nicholls and Saffie Osborne also set to be in demand during the five-day festival.

Doyle became the third woman in history to celebrate a win during the prestigious meeting alongside Gay Kelleway and Hayley Turner when winning the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on Scarlet Dragon in 2020.

Turner also enjoyed a victory aboard Onassis in the Sandringham Stakes last year, becoming the first multiple-winning woman rider at Royal Ascot.

In 2019, she also won the Sandringham on Thanks Be to register a first victory for a female jockey at the Royal Meeting for 32 years since Kelleway. Turner is down to ride the Charlie Fellowes-trained Onassis in the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday.

Doyle told Great British Racing: “It’s great to see that there have been a lot more women competing at Royal Ascot in recent years.

“We are just as good as men given the opportunity and I hope that other women continue to work hard and pursue their dreams of working in racing.

“Riding a winner at a festival like Royal Ascot is a dream come true. I was inspired by Hayley and hope now I can inspire young people too.”

Nicholls, daughter of 12-time champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, said: “It’s great to have seen Hayley and Hollie enjoy success at Royal Ascot over the last two years and I hope that this inspires other young people to pursue a career in racing.

“There are more and more opportunities for women in racing and their (Hayley and Hollie) success proves that.”

Solent Gateway records notable success for Tom Dascombe

Rank outsider Solent Gateway claimed the narrowest of victories after a thrilling climax to the opening race on Cazoo Derby day Epsom.

Having finished a well-beaten ninth at Chester just a week ago, Tom Dascombe’s charge was a largely unconsidered 28-1 shot for the World Pool At The tote Handicap in the hands of Hayley Turner.

Greatgadian looked likely to prevail after powering to the front inside the final furlong, but both Solent Gateway and King Frankel (5-2) lunged late and flashed by the post almost as one.

Following a brief wait, the judge confirmed the former had won the day by a nose, with Greatgadian half a length away in third.

Dascombe, surprisingly saddling his first ever winner at Epsom, said: “Epsom is the only Flat track I’ve never had a winner at. I took a two-year-old there on Friday (Flaming Rib) and strongly expected that to win and it finished second and I just thought ‘I’m never going to get a winner at Epsom’.

“Derek Passant is a joint-owner is a great fellow and I couldn’t be more happy for him. He is there and I’m not and I feel a bit embarrassed, but I had already committed to go to another owner’s birthday in deepest, darkest Wales.

“Derek wanted to go to Epsom, but I didn’t think he would get in so I took him to Chester last week to try to get a penalty. As it turned out we didn’t need to have done that as this race never filled up and we got in fine. I’m delighted to win a race like this with a maiden.

Solent Gateway gets up on the line
Solent Gateway gets up on the line (John Walton/PA)

“Maybe he has just started to grow up and the two runs in a week has helped him.”

He added: “I think he will get further, but we will not worry about that and we will just enjoy today first and foremost. To get a winner on Derby day is pretty special and a huge thrill.

“I’m sure he will now go up a few pounds for that, but we will make another plan at a later date.”

Racehorse Lotto offering chance win two-year-old filly for 2021

One lucky racing fan is set to receive the perfect gift on Christmas Day following the launch of the Racehorse Lotto Christmas Raffle.

The successful entrant will win an exciting two-year-old filly for the 2021 Flat racing season – to be ridden by Hayley Turner and trained by James Ferguson.

The daughter of Territories, out of Newbury Super Sprint runner-up Satsuma, is being raffled off at £10 a ticket with 20 per cent of sales going to Racing Welfare.

The winner will be able to visit the horse on a regular basis at Ferguson’s Newmarket yard, while Turner – the first female jockey to ride 100 Flat winners in a calendar year one of only three female jockeys to have ridden a Group One winner in Britain – will be involved in riding the horse in her work and on the track.

Naming rights are also included in the prize and the winner will also be able to design and select their own racing silks. All training fees are covered by Racehorse Lotto.

Turner said: “This is exactly the kind of thing that racing and the wider public need at the moment. It gets people excited, optimistic and involved in the sport, while importantly raising money for Racing Welfare who do such fabulous work for the industry.

“She looks a beautiful filly and I can’t wait to start riding her out over the winter. James is a brilliant young trainer and I think the winner can expect to have some fun times with this filly.”

The filly is a half-sister to Cornwallis Stakes winner Good Vibes, who reached a rating of 103 last summer and returned over £100,000 in prize-money for connections.

Ferguson said: “While this is not just a fantastic opportunity for somebody to get involved in racing, it’s also a brilliant chance for me as this filly could be a star.

“She’s speedily bred and, all being well, will be forward enough to tackle some of the hot maidens in the spring and early summer.”

Entries opened on Monday and close at 3pm on December 25, with the winner set to be called on Christmas Day to receive the good news.

Onassis added to Sprint field as connections target Group One farewell

Onassis and Jouska have been supplemented for Saturday’s Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.

Both fillies won at the weekend, with Henry Candy’s Jouska successful in Saturday’s Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket, while the Charlie Fellowes-trained Onassis landed Sunday’s October Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood.

Hayley Turner, who has also won the Sandringham at Royal Ascot and a Listed race in France on Onassis this season, had feared that would be her last outing aboard the filly, but she will have another start before likely bowing out.

Fellowes said: “It’s a brave call, but she’s going to be retired and it will probably be her last ever run.

“I think she has loads of ticks in her favour – she’ll love the ground, she loves Ascot and if she can finish in the first four, it would do her pedigree an enormous amount.

“Her owners are very excited about having a crack at it, it will be her swansong and Hayley can ride. There are few options elsewhere, so we thought given she’d won £21,000 the other day, let’s have a crack.

“She’s got a phenomenal pedigree and is already worth a lot of money, but if she gets placed, she will take it to another level.”

The two supplementary entries mean there are 19 possibles in the Sprint, including Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel, the first two home in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The latter will be ridden by Hollie Doyle, who is seeking a first Group One win in what has already been a stellar year.

His trainer Archie Watson said: “I’ve been delighted with Glen Shiel since Haydock. His work into Ascot has been very good and I hope he can run another huge race.”

Dream Of Dreams (white face) just holds on from Glen Shiel (left) at Haydock
Dream Of Dreams (white face) just holds on from Glen Shiel (left) at Haydock (David Davies/PA)

He is owned by Hambleton Racing and their racing manager Simon Turner said: “Glen Shiel’s excellent run at Haydock didn’t surprise us at all and fully justified the decision to pitch him in against the best.

“His owners lived every moment of that run and are counting down the days to Saturday.”

Silvestre de Sousa is jocked up on Andrew Balding’s Happy Power meaning the ride on Tim Easterby’s Art Power, in the same ownership, could be available if both run.

One Master, Oxted, Sonaiyla and the unbeaten Starman are others of note.

Stradivarius could tackle the Long Distance Cup
Stradivarius could tackle the Long Distance Cup (Dan Abraham/PA)

Stradivarius is among 15 in the Long Distance Cup after his effort in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Aidan O’Brien has left in Broome, Dawn Patrol and Sovereign, while Dermot Weld’s dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song would be a new rival for Stradivarius.

Magical has been left in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, but she also has the option of the Champion Stakes which she won last year.

There are 13 others in the Fillies & Mares including Laburnum and Passion, stablemates of Magical.

Even So won the Irish Oaks for Ger Lyons
Even So won the Irish Oaks for Ger Lyons (PA)

Ger Lyons’ Irish Oaks winner Even So, the Ralph Beckett pair of Antonia De Vega and Manuela De Vega and Ed Vaughan’s Dame Malliot are in the mix.

William Haggas’ Montatham heads the weights for the Balmoral Handicap.

Last year’s winner Escobar is also among the 43 left in.

Onassis strikes Listed gold for Fellowes and Turner

Royal Ascot heroine Onassis got back on the winning trail with victory in the tote/British EBF October Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained three-year-old landed the Sandringham Stakes at the summer showpiece meeting in June, before going on to bag a Listed prize in France the following month.

Returning to Listed class following a fourth-placed finish in the Group Three Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster, Onassis was a 9-2 chance in the hands of regular partner Hayley Turner and came home to good effect to beat 7-2 favourite With Thanks by half a length.

Helvezia was best of the rest in third.

Fellowes said: “I’m delighted with her. She’s so tough and very talented.

“I thought she was unlucky at Doncaster last time as she was on the wrong side of the track and had to do a lot of work on her own without having anything to take her into the race.

“The race has worked out well, with Cloak Of Spirits (fifth) coming out and finishing third in a Group One (Sun Chariot), so we were confident of a big run today, although you never know how they’re going to handle this sort of ground.

Onassis and Hayley Turner after winning at Royal Ascot
Onassis and Hayley Turner after winning at Royal Ascot (Edward Whitaker/PA)

“I know she won on soft ground at Ascot, but it was a different kettle of fish today.

“She’s off to the breeding shed next year, so we’ll look at what options we have between now and then. Now she’s shown she goes on heavy ground, that opens a few more doors.

“She’s worth quite a lot money now and I’m delighted for her owners. I’m incredibly grateful that they sent her to me and thankfully she has repaid them – she doesn’t owe us anything.”

Fellowes made it a quick double as Amarillo Star (16-1) came home well clear of his rivals in the tote.co.uk Home Of The Placepot Handicap under Stevie Donohoe.

Goshen was beaten again at Goodwood
Goshen was beaten again at Goodwood (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Leading Champion Hurdle hope Goshen suffered his second successive defeat on the Flat in the Join tote.co.uk With £10 Risk Free Handicap.

Gary Moore’s stable star finished last of six runners at Haydock last month on what was his first appearance since his heartbreaking final-flight exit when seemingly set for a wide-margin win in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

With that run under his belt, he was the even-money favourite for his latest assignment under Hector Crouch, but after making much of the running, he weakened into third place behind the Queen’s Natural History (100-30), trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Oisin Murphy.

Stat of the Day, 13th August 2020

Wednesday's pick was...

2.10 Beverley : Rousayan @ 12/1 BOG 5th at 9/1 (Switched right start, held up in rear, kept on final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders) 

Thursday's pick runs in the...

4.25 Bath :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Normally, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

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Tell William @ 11/4 or 5/2 BOG

...in an 7-runner, Class 4,  Flat Handicap for 4yo+ over 1, on Firm ground worth £4,690 to the winner... 


As ever, the racecard is a mine of information (ignore the odds, we don't carry enough firms' prices for that to be totally accurate)...

...and the above data is what I'm hanging today's bet on with a 4yr old gelding who won over a mile at Newbury LTO 26 days ago and whose form includes finishes of...

  • 124421 in his last 6 starts
  • 12441 in blinkers
  • 39121 in July/August
  • 1221 over a mile
  • 1242 going left handed
  • 312 in fields of 7 or fewer runners
  • 122 here at Bath
  • 122 over course and distance

The reports above are a great way into analysing the stats available to help you form a bet and they are good enough to carry your selection(s), but I'm going to try and add a little meat to the bare bones of those numbers, as follows...

Jockey Hayley Turner's 5 yr record at Bath of 6/28 is actually 6 from 26 (23.1% SR) for 25.53pts (+98.2% ROI) over the last two seasons, including...

  • 5/16 (31.25%) for 10.24pts (+64%) in fields of 5-10 runners
  • 5/10 (50%) for 16.24pts (+162.4%) at odds of 7/1 and shorter
  • 4/13 (30.8%) for 8.74pts (+67.2%) on Firm ground
  • and 2/3 (66.6%) for 6.19pts (+206.4%) on horses trained by Marcus Tregoning...

...whilst she is 4 from 7 (57.1% SR) for 14.74pts (+210.5% ROI) at 7/1 and shorter in fields of 5-10 runners on Firm ground, including that 2 from 3 as above for Marcus Tregoning...

...who, as indicated by the 30 on the racecard and the corresponding 30-day report, is in decent form of late and it's also worth knowing (IMO) that since racing came out of enforced hibernation, his milers are 5 from 11 (45.5% SR) for 11.33pts (+13% ROI) with those sent off shorter than 4/1 winning 4 of 5.

Marcus is, as you've seen above, 12 from 42 at Bath over 5 years, indicated by the C5 and the subsequent report, but it doesn't tell you that more recently, he was 6/17 (35.3% SR) for 15pts (+88.2% ROI) at this venue last season, including 5 from 11 (45.5%) for 14.87pts (+135.2%) in fields of 5-8 runners.

And the last of the reports above is the LTO winner snippet. Closer inspection shows Marcus' LTO winners are 20 from 65 (30.8) for 57.93pts (+89.1% ROI) since the start of 2017 with those returning from a break of 11 to 45 days winning 18 of 45 (40%) for huge profits of 69.07pts (+153.5%).

The final piece of the racecard jigsaw from above is the top ranking of the Geegeez Speed Ratings (speed rating is a bit of a misnomer really, as it's more a neural rating than pure speed) and our runner's position at the head of those ratings is pretty self explanatory.

All the above suggest we should be there or thereabouts today. I had a look at the pace/draw and you want to be drawn low (we're in stall 2) and you preferably need to get on with it. Our runner seems to have two styles, held back (pace score 1) or running prominently (pace 3).

Pace score 3 is what we'd like to see today and the pace tab suggests that one horse might be a lone front runner. If that's the case, that could help us as the pace looks like it's coming from stall 1 and we could get a decent tow from the leader. Should that all pan out for us...

...we'll be well placed with... a 1pt win bet on Tell William @ 11/4 or 5/2 BOG as was available at 8.00am Thursday, but as always please check your own BOG status (*some firms are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 4.25 Bath

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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!