The (Official) End of the British Flat Season

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Tomorrow sees the conclusion of the 2021 British flat season with QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Jockey Hayley Turner previews races at Ascot at the end of the flat season

It’s been a good season for me. I’ve ridden 44 winners (up from 20 in 2020) and I’m very keen to try and hit 50 before the end of the year.

A special thanks to my agent Guy Jewell who I have been working again with this year. He has made a huge difference and helped me secure rides across the board. A huge thank you to all the trainers and owners that have supported me this season with a special word for Andrew Balding, David Simcock and Tom Dascombe, who have provided me with a good number of winners!

I would say my highlight would have been my treble at York in July which included the Listed winner for Richard Hannon on Aristia. It was also a great thrill to bring up 900 winners (also at York)!

SATURDAY – ASCOT

1:25 – Long Distance Cup

The big two (Stradivarius 10/3 and Trueshan 7/4) will both be hard to beat but they had hard races in France only two weeks ago on very soft ground. I think it could be worth chancing a horse who comes into the race a bit fresher. Berkshire Rocco 14/1 was a very good three-year-old last season who finished 2nd in the St Leger and then won here at Ascot on his last start. He ran a good race on his domestic comeback last month and with cheek pieces on, I think he could run a big race.

3:10 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

What a race this is! Palace Pier has only been beaten once in his career and Baaeed 5/2 comes into it unbeaten! It’s exactly why this race day was created and it should be a race for the ages. I’d be siding with the proven champion in Palace Pier 6/4. He always just seems to do enough and his only defeat came when he lost a shoe on very soft ground last year.

3:50 Champion Stakes

This is another cracking race! Mishriff 13/8 and Adayar 7/4 faced each other in the King George over 1m 4f and the huge weight allowance for three-year-olds just paid. Mishriff looked back to his best in the Juddmonte and he arrives here after a break, whereas Adayar had a hard race in the Arc in Paris. I’d be siding with the Gosden horse here.

Stay safe and I look forward to returning with my blogs in the Spring!

Hayley!

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Hayley Turner is widely regarded as being the most successful female British jockey of all time. In her career to date she has won more than 900 flat races and has been awarded an OBE for services to horse racing. Hayley Turner’s tips are worth paying attention to since she has the inside track in the world of horse racing. Hayley brings her unique insights on horse racing exclusively to MansionBet in her weekly blog posts.

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