Japan: Success for Turner on fleeting visit

Hayley Turner - Jockey

Hayley Turner: won a 1m1f turf race at Sapporo on Win Phoenix

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Report: Japan, Sunday

Sapporo: International jockeys’ competition

RYAN MOORE’S big-race wins in Japan have helped him gain hero status in the country and Hayley Turner was able to enjoy some of the limelight when riding a winner in a four-race international jockeys’ competition at Sapporo.

Turner, whose biggest success came on Dream Ahead in the 2011 July Cup, was among five overseas riders who were joined by two local jockeys against a team representing the Japan Racing Association for the two-day challenge.

Despite Turner’s success and two wins for Hong Kong’s Brazilian champion Joao Moreira, the World All-Star team, which included the world’s most prolific rider Russell Baze and Treve’s jockey Thierry Jarnet, lost out by two points.

Turner, who won a 1m1f turf race on the Masashi Okuhira-trained Win Phoenix, said: “My horse was smart and the race was very smooth and easy. I was told the distance might be a bit too long for him, so I tried my best to save as much ground as possible. He was easy to ride and I’m glad everything turned out well.”

The Shergar Cup stalwart, making her first trip to Japan, also added on Twitter: “What an amazing venue with a brilliant crowd. Thank you Japan.”

 

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