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Turner escapes freak Ennis accident

Hayley Turner walked away unscathed after a freak accident in Newmarket yesterday in which the unraced filly Jessica Ennis suffered injuries.

Turner was riding the Michael Bell-trained filly ahead of her planned debut on Saturday when the two-year-old panicked in the stalls during routine schooling, getting loose before running on to the road, where she was hit by a car.

Jessica Ennis is part-owned by the World and European heptathlon champion of the same name.

Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "This is a horrific, freak accident and we are desperately concerned for the filly's well-being.

"The filly is in surgery, but we think that most of her injuries are superficial.

"We may still have to wait until next year to see this exciting filly run.

"Michael Bell was saying he thinks this filly is the best filly he has had since Sariska.

"We are all greatly relieved that Hayley and the driver of the car were unharmed."

Turner later reported on Twitter: "An unfortunate incident on the gallops this morning with Jessica Ennis, however horse, jockey & driver all ok. Just disappointed, smart filly."

John Gosden has not yet confirmed the participation of ante-post favourite Nathaniel in the Ladbrokes St Leger, but the trainer was more committal about running Bahrain Trophy winner Masked Marvel.

Gosden is proving to be the man to follow in the final Classic of the season, with two successes in the last four years, and Nathaniel heads the betting after claiming the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Masked Marvel, last seen finishing in mid-division in the Investec Derby, was asked for his effort by Jimmy Fortune with a considerable amount of the rain-softened Newmarket straight remaining. But it was a close-run thing by the line, with fellow 2-1 joint-favourite Census making a belated challenge to finish just a head behind.

Gosden reported: "We'll probably go straight for the Leger -- he's done plenty this year.

"There is no point carrying a penalty in the Gordon Stakes and you can have a hard race in the Great Voltigeur."


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