Thursday 14 December 2017

turner fancies her chances

Hayley Turner feels her riding style will be ideally suited to Wigmore Hall when she takes on Aidan O'Brien's Cape Blanco in Saturday's Arlington Million in Chicago.

Turner, fresh from securing the first Group One victory of her career on Dream Ahead in the July Cup, takes over from Jamie Spencer on Michael Bell's four-year-old as Spencer will be riding Cape Blanco, which has been installed favourite.

Wigmore Hall was victorious at the Dubai Carnival at Meydan in March and heads to America this weekend for his first racecourse appearance since finishing down the field in Singapore in May.

"It's one of the big international races of the year, and to be part of it, let alone in with a good shout, is great news," Turner said. "He's a hold-up horse, and I do enjoy riding that type of horse, and think I suit those tactics. You need patience, the gaps to open and a bit of luck, which hopefully we'll get. It's a quality field and Cape Blanco sets the standard, but I feel quite confident."

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