Hayley Turner Back In Action At Kempton
Author: Carrie Beaumont
December 20 - Hayley Turner cannot wait to "get back in the groove" when she climbs back into the saddle at Kempton on Tuesday after being out of action for the past four months.
Turner, who notched up the first two Group One victories of her career on Dream Ahead in the July Cup and Margot Did in the Nunthorpe before her injury, has three rides later today.
Her first ride back is on Brendan Powell's Copper Falls in the Win Thousands of Sports Experiences At bluesq.com Nursery.
Her other two are for Conor Dore - Opus Maximus in the Bet And Watch At bluesq.com Handicap, and Lucky Art in division two of the Bet At bluesq.com On Your Mobile Handicap.
"I'm looking forward to race-riding. I've had quite a lot of time off. There's not a lot going on over Christmas, but it's nice to have a few rides and get back race fit for January."
Here are her comments about her rides at Kempton: "Copper Falls has a wide draw, which is not ideal over five furlongs round there.
"Opus Maximus has been consistent, but it's a tighter track at Kempton. You always need a bit of luck on a horse like that round there. He'll have a chance if he gets it.
"As for Lucky Art, he's a course and distance winner."
Conor Dore was bullish about obtaining her services:
"She's had about 110 rides for me this year and has ridden 16 winners. Hopefully she can ride another couple of winners for me before the year is gone as I want to get to 30, I hope to have a few more runners in the next week or two and at least go close.
"I think Opus Maximus has a great chance. A slight negative is the track might be a bit tight for him, but he has a good turn of foot which suits Kempton.
"I thought his run the other day at Lingfield was quite strong in the context of this race.
"I'd be sweet on his chances and Hayley is very good on that type of horse.
"Lucky Art is probably weighted up to his best and he's not got a very good draw."
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