Hayley Turner thrilled to secure first French success

Wed 6 Sep 2017

Hayley Turner was delighted to ride her first winner since relocating to France after steering Prime Time to victory at Le Croise-Laroche.

Britain's most successful female jockey was tempted to try her hand across the Channel after the French authorities announced the controversial measure of a 4.4lb advantage for horses ridden by women.

Turner began the latest chapter in her career last month and was in the winner's enclosure for the first time after the Henri Davin-trained Prime Time came home in front in the Prix de Leers.

"I've had a second and a third, so it's great to get going with a winner," Turner told Press Association Sport.

"It's quite a funny track and quite tight, a bit like Chester in many ways.

"I'm coming back over (to Britain) tonight as I'm riding at Ascot on Friday and working for ITV Racing on Saturday.

"We're keeping busy, which is great. If I wasn't busy at this time of year there'd be something wrong, but I'm enjoying it."

Joint champion apprentice in 2005, Turner was the first woman to ride 100 winners in a year and is a three-time winner at the top level.

Since retiring at the end of 2015, Turner has been working for At The Races and ITV Racing and has made several comebacks in the saddle.

She has had three winners in Britain this year and competed in the Shergar Cup at Ascot in early August.

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