Turner draws a blank
Delight for jockey on return to action
Last Updated: December 20, 2011 5:28pm
Hayley Turner's first day back in the saddle after four mounts on the sidelines with a broken ankle ended in frustration.
Turner, who enjoyed the first Group One victories of her career on Dream Ahead in the July Cup and Margot Did in the Nunthorpe before her injury, was due to have three rides at the Sunbury track.
Her first ride back aboard Brendan Powell's Copper Falls in the Win Thousands of Sports Experiences At bluesq.com Nursery could finish only fifth, three and a half lengths behind the Sophie Doyle ridden winner Russian Bullet.
Thirty five minutes later, she got the leg up on Opus Maximus in the Bet And Watch At bluesq.com Handicap, one of two rides booked rides for Conor Dore.
The six year old was sent off a well-backed 2-1 favourite and was still in front with less than two furlongs to run but the chestnut was eventually swamped, coming home in sixth.
Her final ride of the day, Lucky Art, was an outsider and not expected to trouble the judge according to the betting market but the race was not without drama.
The 10 runner field had been loaded into the stalls when the well-backed Mottley Crewe hit the gates and burst through the front causing a false start.
Lucky Art completed a circuit of the track and was consequently withdrawn along with Mottley Crewe.
Good To Be Back
Speaking after her second ride, Turner said: "It's good to be back and I just need to work harder to get a bit stronger.
"I'll keep ticking over for the next few weeks - I have been off for four months and I don't want to take the mick.
"I went to America for a while and I've had a nice time off.
"I won Most Inspirational Sports Woman of the Year at the Jaguar Academy of Sport awards, and was behind Sarah Stevenson in the Sunday Times Sports awards, which I think was great for racing.
"I've got a couple of screws in the ankle but it felt fine and I just want to put my head down.
"I'm not setting any targets - what will be, will be."