Hayley Turner takes centre stage at Great Yarmouth
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Hayley Turner currently spends as much time as a TV racing presenter as she does race riding, but the jockey delighted a big Great Yarmouth crowd when scoring on Lady Freyja.
Turner got the filly home in an exciting seven-furlong contest which saw five in line across the track inside the final furlong.
But it was crowd favourite Turner, riding for John Ryan, who won at 4/1.
'It was easier than it looked. She jumped out and did it well. I know she was bottom weight, but she was up in grade. She is a big, sweet mare,' said Turner.
Great Yarmouth's other favourite jockey, Frankie Dettori, had one ride, on Ode To Autumn in the feature, the Moulton Nurseries Handicap worth £19,000, but failed to deliver.
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Dettori, on John Gosden's three-year-old, led with two furlongs to go but was overhauled by 5/2 chance Kassar under Kieran Shoemark for trainer Roger Charlton.
Another female jockey to triumph was Jane Elliott on Peace Prevails, a 3/1 chance who took the fillies' handicap over 11 furlongs, arriving with a well-timed run to lead through the final furlong.
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The filly was running for Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan for the second time, having been runner-up at the course a fortnight earlier and beat the heavily-backed Fresh Terms.
There was a shock in the opening five furlong handicap when 11/1 chance Haveoneyerself scored under champion apprentice David Egan for trainer John Butler. The colt was last but one at Windsor earlier this week but took it up after a furlong and held on to win. Clearly relishing the firm ground, Haveoneyerself recorded 59.74 seconds for the minimum trip, beating the course record set in 2002.
Three non-runners left just three in the six-furlong novice stakes, won easily by Luke Morris on trainer James Tate's Autumn Splendour, returned at 1/8.
Morris completed a double when Sir Mark Prescott's Matchmaking, making his handicap debut over 10 furlongs, got up at 100/30 to beat Broken Force, who led by eight lengths turning into the straight.
The day's biggest field of nine battled it out over a mile in the finale, with honours going to Wild Acclaim under Rossa Ryan for Phil McEntee. The gelding won at the course a fortnight ago and followed up at 7/2.