Hayley Turner is a week into her new role as Goodwood ambassador - and she found the perfect way to promote the racecourse, and her own abilities on it, with a double at thr track’s second meeting of 2013.
She even tipped one of her winners - 3/1 shot Ribbons, trained by Jeremy Fanshawe, in the Nissan Innovation And Excitement Fillies’ Stakes - in the day’s racecard and on this website.
The 30-year-old’s one-length victory in that one followed success for Sir Michael Stoute in the opening contest, the Goodwood Business Club Maiden Stakes, on 6/4 favourite Enobled.
It was a day to cherish for Turner and puts her joint second at an admittedly-early stage of the race to be the top rider on the Downs for the 2013 flat season.
Ribbons was tipped to do the business on this website - as was 6/1 contender Aye Aye Digby, who won the Golf At Goodwood Stakes under George Baker for trainer Patrick Chamings.
The 32Red Stakes was taken by Tom Queally on 9/2 joint-favourite Bancnuanaheireann, handled by Michael Appleby, while Richard Hannon notched the first of what;s likely to be a decent number of Goodwood winners when Sean Levey steered Malachim Mist (5/1) to the win in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.
Michael Murphy, like Turner and Baker, is another jockey already with two Goodwood 2013 wins to his name after winning the Molecomb Blue Stakes on 5/2 favourite Our Folly - also tipped by Turner - for Stuart Kittow.
The Three Friday Nights Maiden Stakes went to Dane O’Neill on Brian Meehan’s runner Eshtiaal, who went off as 9/4 favourite.
The next meeting at Goodwood is on Thursday, May 23 - the first day of the three-day May Festival.