Turner back in the winners

Hayley Turner was back among the winners

Hayley Turner struck gold on her return to race riding as Hart Stopper came home in front in the Silk Series Lady Riders' Handicap at Yarmouth.

The Group One-winning jockey officially retired from the saddle in 2015 but has made a handful of appearances since, taking part in last summer's Shergar Cup at Ascot and most recently the Lady Jockeys' Thoroughbred World Championships in Sweden earlier this month.

She warmed up for that competition by steering Michael Bell's Flying Sparkle to victory at Windsor, her only previous ride in Britain in 2017, and she teamed up with the same trainer in the opening contest in Norfolk.

Hart Stopper, a winner on his latest appearance at Haydock, was the 6-4 favourite for the six-furlong contest, which is part of the nine-race Silk Series introduced by Arena Racing Company for both professional and amateur female jockeys.

Turner cut a confident figure in the saddle throughout and after delivering her challenge on the far side of the track, coaxed Hart Stopper to a cheeky half-length success over Case Key.

Turner told At The Races: "I'm trying not to blow really hard. I'm trying to break the record of comebacks!

"This horse just does enough. He's quite lazy and I had to get there as late as possible

"I think Michael Bell spotted at the entry stage the girls don't get an allowance against me and obviously I've got quite a lot of experience.

"He thought that would be a bonus and worth a few pounds and I can't say no."

A field of nine newcomers went to post for the Bazuka / EBF Novice Stakes, with victory going to The Last Emperor.

Roger Varian's 100-30 favourite passed the post half a length ahead of Radio Source in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

Varian said: "I'm really delighted with that. He was slow away, but that wasn't a bad thing as Andrea was able to ride a race on him.

"He's always looked a promising horse at home. He's a big horse who will get better with racing and he's a nice prospect.

"This is a lovely track to get them started on."

The most valuable race of the evening was the Diomed Development Handicap.

A field of seven assembled for the #19,000 feature and it was the David Simcock-trained Good Omen (15-8 favourite) who swooped fast and late under a well-timed ride from Jamie Spencer.

Simcock said: "He wasn't going to run unless the rain came last night. We were very happy one of those thunderstorms hit.

"It was a messy race and it didn't suit him, but it was a nice performance.

"Conditions underfoot are most important. He'll step up to a mile and a half and hopefully he'll keep on progressing."

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