TURNER STARS AT SANDOWN
Turner Stars At Sandown
Turner Stars At Sandown
Hayley Turner began what could be a momentous 48 hours in the best possible fashion with a victory on Chain Of Events in the Betfair Sponsors The Stable Staff Canteen Handicap at Sandown.
Turner will become just the second female jockey in over 200 years to ride in the Investec Derby on Saturday when she partners Marcus Tregoning’s Cavaleiro, and will head to the Downs full of confidence.
Trained by Sarah Humphrey, better known on the National Hunt circuit, the five-year-old was sent off the 9-2 joint favourite having finished second in the corresponding race 12 months ago.
Racing off a 4lb lower mark this year, Turner kicked clear over a furlong out and held off Super Duplex, third last season, by a length and a quarter.
Winning owner Peter Edwards said: “He was badly hampered at Newmarket last time when a horse broke down in front of him.
“Hayley’s my favourite jockey and has won on him before – we always try to get her first, but it’s hard these days.”
Sir Prancealot (15-8 joint-favourite) turned in an outstanding display to win the Betfair Funds The PJA Doctor National Stakes.
Richard Hughes’ partner did not enjoy the clearest of runs towards the line, but scorched into the lead early inside the final furlong after the Mark Johnston-trained duo of Storm Moon and Baileys Jubilee folded tamely.
Runner-up Top Boy set sail in earnest, but the Andrew Tinkler-owned Sir Prancealot was on a different level.
Richard Hannon jnr, the winning trainer’s son and assistant, said: “That’s was very impressive, particularly as he was messed around a bit.
“We’ve put him in the Coventry and the Norfolk (at Royal Ascot) as he’s got the speed for five furlongs, but could stay six.
“He’ll have a favourite’s chance whichever one he runs in.
“He’s very decent – the best two-year-old I’ve seen this season.
“He’s the best we’ve had out, but I never like to say the best we’ve got.”
Al Zarooni said: "Frankie knows this horse very well. "He held on to him as long as he could because he has a real burst of speed.
"In the Gold Cup it will be all about Frankie and how he times his run.
"When he came back from Dubai we gave him some time off before we built him back up again.
"When they travel such a long way it affects them so I don’t think he’ll have been at his best tonight."
Dettori added: "He’s a stayer with a turn of foot and I love him.
"He’s a pleasure to ride."
Opinion Poll’s Ascot Gold Cup price ranges from 5-1 and 7-1.
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