AT HAND AND HAYLEY TURNER
Jack Milner: Hayley Turner does all the hard work as visitors win International Jockeys’ Challenge.
Hayley Turner and S’manga Khumalo dominated the World Sports Betting International Jockeys’ Challenge, supported by Sun International and Air Mauritius, at Turffontein on Saturday and at the end it came down to a sixth place against a 10th place that gave the victrix ludorum to the rider from England.
Both won two legs of the four-pronged challenge, and both had a fifth place, but Turner finished sixth in one of the races which gave her seven points while Khumalo ended up in 10th spot in the opening leg which gave him three points.
That saw Turner finish on 75 points and Khumalo on 71. Third place went to Andea Atzeni of Italy with 44 points and Paul Hanagan of England was fourth on 40 points.
It was quite a topsy-turvy encounter with the Internationals dominating the Race 5. This was won by Turner on Al Borak for the Mike and Adam Azzie stable with Atzeni second, Hanagan third and Callan Murray the best of the South Africans in fourth.
That put the international team on 72 points and the locals on 28.
However, there was complete reverse in Leg 2 which was won by Khumalo on Kirkconnel Lass for Stephen Moffatt with Greg Cheyne second, Muzi Yeni third and Warren Kennedy in fourth.
So, going into the third leg everything was square, with both teams on 100 points.
The South Africans edged ahead in Race 7 where, in a superb ride by Khumalo, Sporting Monarch got up on the line to deny Fitzwilliam (Atzeni), Bockscar (Gavin Lerena) and Ice Eater (Hanagan).
That gave the locals a 14-point lead going into the final leg but it was Turner magic that won the day again as she brought home At Hand for a delighted St John Gray. In an international whitewash, Hanagan claimed second with Oyster King, Martin Dwyer third aboard Master And Man with Atzeni fourth on Full Of Attitude.
Unfortunately, 7-4 favourite Hellofaride, the mount of Yeni, finished seventh, but inspection by the vet revealed that Mike de Kock’s charge was not striding out left fore. So it ended in a big 30-point win for the International team, 215-185.
For Franny Norton, however, his holiday to Mauritius and South Africa will be extended by a further seven days as he landed a ban for causing interference to Hartleyfour when riding What A Joker in Race 5.
The other highlight of the day was the Monaco Million Maiden Sprint over 1160m and the horse regarded by most as the best bet on the card by most pundits, Battleoftrafalgar, duly arrived.
Trained by Mike de Kock and ridden by Callan Murray, the 11-10 favourite was always in control and ran out a 1.50-length winner over Captain Hindsight from the Ashley Fortune yard.