Morning glory for Turner

Hayley Turner punched the air after claiming the Shergar Cup Mile aboard Early Morning..

Jockey Hayley Turner wins on Early Morning

Britain's most successful female rider retired at the end of last season but hot on the heels of being awarded an OBE in June, Turner answered the call to make a mini-comeback for the Girls Team and take part in her 10th Shergar Cup.

With team-mate Gordon making the running aboard Beach Bar, Turner had Harry Dunlop's Early Morning positioned close to the pace throughout.

The 6/1 shot hit the front early in the straight and while a host of challengers lunged late, Early Morning held on by half a length from the Fanning-ridden Emell.

Highland Colori (Pierre-Charles Boudot) was third, Bancnuanaheireann (Thierry Jarnet) was fourth and Beach Bar was fifth.

Turner, who received a four-day ban for her use of the whip, said: "It's so nice and so special to do it here – I'm thrilled. It was the easiest decision ever (to ride in the Shergar Cup again) and it's such a pleasure to be here.

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"It was a steering job, really. I think he probably got a bit lazy in front and he's got more to come I'm sure."

Asked the inevitable question about making her comeback more permanent, she went on: "If only every day was like this. It's the day-to-day grind that puts me off.

"I'm really lucky and privileged to be in this position, to be able to come back for today.

"I think my celebrations showed how much it meant to me – I nearly fell off the horse as I was waving and blowing kisses to everyone! I've had to work really hard to get back. I've not been able to get fit race-riding so I've had to spend a lot of time in the gym.

"You should to see Emma-Jayne (Wilson – The Girls' captain) now – we are well up for it now. It's great to have her as a team leader – she is so inspirational."

The victory ensured that every team enjoyed at least one winner and brought the standings almost back to square one.

Standings after race four:

GB & Ireland 42

Europe 40

The Girls 40

Rest Of The World 38

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