Turner back with a winner

Hayley Turner was back in winning form at Windsor

Group One-winning rider Hayley Turner made a winning return to the saddle at Windsor on Monday.

Turner, who won the July Cup and the Nunthorpe before retiring from race riding in 2015, teamed up with Michael Bell as newcomer Flying Sparkle landed a few bets in the opening maiden.

Riding in preparation for the Lady Jockeys' Thoroughbred World Championship in Stockholm on Tuesday, the jockey-turned-TV pundit showed all her old race craft to guide her mount through a gap before grabbing the rail.

Flying Sparkle drifted to an SP of 11/2 but had been well-backed on the morning of the race, before scooting clear to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Turner, who now works for ITV Racing and At The Races, admitted the victory had reassured her as to her fitness for Tuesday's five-race competition at Bro Park.

She told At The Races: "It was fantastic as I've been getting fit riding out for Michael Bell.

"He saw I was getting on with the filly so well, I jumped her out of the stalls the other day and she jumped so well for me, so he thought he might as well keep the partnership intact.

"I train very hard at home with hill runs, I'm in the gym all the time and I ride out, but you can't really beat race riding. I was worried when I got down to the start I was blowing, but she made it easy for me.

"I've got five rides in Sweden so I will be blowing even harder tomorrow!

"I've enjoyed the time out I've had, I've been able to do different stuff and learn new things so it's been fun. I'm just lucky Michael Bell had the confidence to put me back up."


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