Hayley Turner: has three at Newmarket this evening
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By Bruce jackson 7:23AM 15 JUL 2016
DON’T call it a comeback. In cricketing terms Hayley Turner is back in the nets ahead of her Test match that is the Shergar Cup at Ascot next month.
Days after declaring she wanted to get her race-riding eye back in, Turner comes out of retirement with three rides at Newmarket today.
Just over eight months ago, 251 days to be exact, Turner rode her last race after announcing her shock retirement at the age of 32.
An OBE later she returns on her home course and for three Newmarket trainers, including James Fanshawe, for whom she has been riding out this year. She has another ride booked for Henry Candy tomorrow.
“It’s exciting and I’m very lucky to be in this situation,” said Turner, emphasising today is not a comeback. That question will be answered after the Shergar Cup.
‘I don’t know what to expect’
“I’m trying to do my best for everyone and I hope I don’t let them down but everyone is aware I’m not going to be at peak fitness.
“I don’t know what to expect and whether I’m fitter than I think,” added Turner, who was stunned to hear William Hill make her 10-1 to win the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for top rider at the Shergar Cup.
Hills go just 7-2 that she rides a winner today from her three booked rides – Yankee Mail (5.40), Clenymistra (6.15) and He’s My Boy (8.55).
Turner has not taken on an agent for these warm-up rides and has owners to thank for the opportunities.
“I saw Gay Kelleway the other day and asked if she could throw one my way and she has given me the ride on Yankee Mail.
“Clenymistra is expected to run better than she did on her debut at Chester and I have won twice on He’s My Boy.”