Hayley Turner’s Shergar Cup triumph boosts Ascot event’s success story

• Turner rides Early Morning to Girls team win on comeback from retirement
• Ascot stewards impose a four-day ban for overuse of the whip

Hayley Turner rode a winner on her comeback from retirement, pushing Early Morning home ahead of rival jockeys from all around the world. The large and enthusiastic crowd of mostly once-a-year racegoers produced by far the biggest cheer of the day for the 33-year-old, who said later that she nearly fell off in her post-race celebrations, punching the air and blowing kisses to all.

“Oh my God, it was amazing,” said Turner, who was persuaded to stay and talk to reporters in the immediate aftermath when her instinct was to respond immediately to a call from the stewards’ room. The officials, after all, merely wished to give her a four-day ban for overuse of the whip, to be served a fortnight from now, when she has no intention of race-riding.

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