Hayley Turner takes Shergar Cup slot as Josephine Gordon heads to Newmarket

Tue 8 Aug 2017

Hayley Turner will replace Josephine Gordon at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot on Saturday.

Britain's most successful female Flat jockey steps in for the Girls team as Gordon is required to ride at Newmarket by Hugo Palmer.

Gordon's agent Philip Shea said: "It's unfortunate, but Hugo gets first call and he needs her to ride in the Sweet Solera Stakes on Saturday."

He added: "It's just a shame that it (Shergar Cup) falls on a day when there are a lot of big Group races.

"Josephine will ride a horse called Jousi in the Sweet Solera.

"She won on her at Ascot last month and she is a lovely filly."

Turner officially retired from the saddle in 2015 but has since made fleeting comebacks, including at the 2016 Shergar Cup meeting.

The 34-year-old also announced on Saturday that she plans to relocate to France during the winter as female jockeys riding across the Channel received a 4.4lb weight allowance in all races.

Turner will be joined in the Shergar Cup Girls team by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne and Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson.

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