Lunar Eclipse moves Hayley Turner up to 999 wins

Hayley Turner moved on to career winner number 999 after working her magic aboard Lunar Eclipse.

Their rivals were put in the shade in the second division of the Betfred TV British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday 4th November. 

Having reportedly only bloomed at home in the last month according to her trainer David Simcock, the daughter of Night Of Thunder defied her inexperience to make a successful start to life on the racetrack in the seven-furlong affair. 

Joining matters at the head of affairs deep inside the final furlong the 13/2 chance was well on top at the line after only needing to be kept up to her work by Turner in the closing strides before defeating Ghaihaban by three quarters of a length. 

Simcock said: “She is a big scopey filly. She hadn’t shown a great deal until about a month ago. She is tall, long and lean, but she can gallop. She handled the conditions very well. Some didn’t, but she did. 

“She would have never galloped on anything like that. She was well on top at the line which I like and I would hope that is testament to her ability as she is raw. 

“We were expecting a nice run, but a lot of it was down to who handled conditions best. I’m very pleased.  

“She would have started over a mile if there was a mile fillies’ race, but I wanted to get her on turf and this was the only fillies maiden left as I had no intentions of running her on the all-weather.”

By Graham Clark.

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