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Carberry backs Turner Festival plan

Updated: Thursday, 08 Jan 2009 14:52

Carberry could have female company at this year's Festival
Carberry could have female company at this year's Festival

Nina Carberry believes Hayley Turner would have no problems riding at Cheltenham following reports the Flat jockey is hoping to pick up a mount in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Festival in March.

Carberry has become a fixture at the showpiece meeting over recent years having won three races at the National Hunt jamboree on Dabiroun and cross-country winners Heads Onthe Ground and Garde Champetre.

Turner, fresh from becoming the first to woman to reach 100 winners in a British calendar year, has never visited Prestbury Park before let alone ridden there, but Carberry, second on Corskeagh Royale in last year's Champion Bumper, believes she does not need any advice.

'It's great to have another girl doing really well and we all think she's great,' said Carberry.

'I don't know whether she will pick up a ride in the race or not but it would be great to see her give it a go. I don't think she needs any advice from me as she has had a lot more winners than I have!

'I don't think riding round Cheltenham is that different to anywhere else. Once you've walked the track you kind of know what you're in for.

'It's up and down a little bit, but that's about it really. Obviously you are riding against the boys in a top race, but she has taken part in the Shergar Cup at Ascot which is a big day so I'm sure she would be fine.''

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