Hayley Turner moved on to career winner number 999 after working her magic aboard Lunar Eclipse, who put her rivals in the shade in the second division of the Betfred TV British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket today.
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.”
Danny Tudhope received the sort of pleasant surprise every jockey loves to unearth after Love Dynasty (6-1) revelled in the testing conditions to land the opening division of the seven-furlong event.
Twenty-four hours after stablemate The Reverend made his first start over course and distance a triumphant one the William Haggas-trained daughter of Dubawi did likewise when picking up smartly inside the final furlong to inflict a two and a half-length defeat on 15/8 Favourite Dubai Melody.
Tudhope said: “Fair play to her as it is horrible out there. There is a strong head wind, and it was lashing down with rain in her face. It was testing ground and she travelled super.
“I was confident she would pick up and find what she did going to the line, but she did surprise me how well she was going.
“It probably takes a good horse to do what she has done today. I don’t know what she has beat or how good she is, but she has done it well. She will get a mile no problem.”