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Turner flying aboard Aeroplane

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009 17:31

Turner flying aboard Aeroplane

Hayley Turner returned to the track for the first time this year at Kempton on Wednesday and showed her powers were undiminished with a textbook ride on Aeroplane in the feature handicap.

Turner made extensive news in the national media for becoming the first female jockey to claim 100 winners in a British calendar year but a few days of bans had seen her quiet for the opening exchanges in January.

Aeroplane (2-1 favourite) appears a complex character who never lived up to the promise he was evidently showing Peter Chapple-Hyam on the gallops but is gradually getting his act together since a summer move to Simon Callaghan.

Turner held him up to perfection at Lingfield 10 days earlier and did exactly the same thing under a 6lb penalty in the £18,000 williamhill.com Sale - Better Odds! Handicap.

Turner, the face of the Derby in 2009, was appropriately wearing the Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar colours of the 2007 Epsom winner Authorized.

'Most of my winners came in January last year but I don't think I will be riding so much this time around,' said Turner.

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