FLASHBACK: When Hayley Turner made racing history in the July Cup
Hayley Turner made history recently in becoming only the second female jockey to win at Royal Ascot on 33/1 shot Thanks Be and the first since 1987. However, perhaps the greatest day in her glittering career came in 2011.
Turner became the first female jockey to win a Group One race as she surged to victory in the Darley July Cup on board Dream Ahead for trainer David Simcock.
It was a first Group One success for Turner and a first outright success at the highest level by a female jockey in this country. Alex Greaves dead-heated in a Group One race, the Nunthorpe Stakes, on Ya Malak in 1997.
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Turner held Dream Ahead one back, just off the rail before allowing him to break ranks in the middle of the field and find plenty in the final quarter of a furlong.
This victory has been made all the more special as her feat is yet to be replicated.
This year, 12 will likely go to post at the infamous Newmarket July course in search of sprint glory. Commonwealth Cup winner Advertise heads the market and will likely be partnered by the man of the moment Frankie Dettori. Other contenders include Diamond Jubilee winner Dream Of Dreams as well as Cape Bryon, Ten Sovereigns, Brando and Limato in what looks like a wide open race.
The Darley July Cup gets underway at 4:40pm and will be featured on ITV’s main channel from 1:30pm.
You can follow Hayley Turner and other leading female jockeys in the Silk Series (an ARC organised race series specifically for female jockeys). Rachel Richardson currently leads following victory in the opening race at Musselburgh, however there is still plenty left to play for with 12 remaining fixtures this summer.