FLASHBACK: When Hayley Turner Made Racing History In The July Cup

Features | 8th July 2020

Last year Hayley Turner made history 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. 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, Golden Horde heads the market following a scintilating performance in the Commonwealth Cup. Diamond Jubilee winner Hello Youmzaine leads a group of very talented challengers alongside the Irish superstar Scepticle in what looks like a wide open race. The Darley July Cup gets underway at 3:35pm and will be featured on ITV’s main channel from 1:25pm.