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  • 15:40 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes 5f

  • (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £275,200 added 2yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £156,066 2nd £59,168 3rd £29,612 4th £14,751
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 59.66s
  • Off time: 15:40:48

Margot outguns Nunthorpe rivals

Racing's golden girl lands another top-level success

Last Updated: 19/08/11 4:38pm

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Margot Did (right): Nunthorpe victory

Margot Did (right): Nunthorpe victory

Hayley Turner landed another Group 1 success this season as Margot Did won the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

Turner seems to get a tune out of the sprinters after her victory on Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup and once again she had the eventual winner travelling beautifully towards the stands' rail.

Michael Bell's inmate was still on the bridle approaching the distance but she picked up really well once asked the question and powered right to the line to score by three parts of a length.

Margot Did returned at 20-1 with Hamish McGonagall (28-1) second and Prohibit (12-1) filling the frame while favourite Hoof It was just in behind the protagonists.

Turner, who has hit new heights in raising the profile of lady riders in the last few years, said: "She's a small filly, but she's very tough.

"She liked having plenty of room and just blasted. The team at home have done a fantastic job keeping her so well and fresh."

Turner was quick to praise Bell, adding: "It must have been difficult for him when I first started, pushing the owners to put a girl on their horses.

"Hopefully I can repay him by riding winners like this.

"I can't believe it, it's the best season ever. It just goes to show if you work hard and are dedicated it can be done."

Turner went on: "I thought maybe a Group One would be stretching her ability-wise, but obviously not.

"She's always been special to me, but I've only really just figured how to get the best out of her.

"She loves plenty of daylight. She has one gear for the end and you have to save it for as long as you can. The longer you can wait on her, the better. It was just amazing, and I'm so thrilled for the owners."

Plan realised

Bell said: "This filly won a Listed race at Sandown by five lengths. Not many sprints are won by five lengths. She looked good that day and this was the plan.

"She's a really tough filly and we've found the key to her.

"She was unlucky in the Lowther last year behind Hooray, who went on to win the Cheveley Park. That day she looked unfortunate and in hindsight she may well have been.

"This year we found the key to riding her at Sandown, slightly by default, as she had to make the running from her draw. We found that she was happy bowling along.

"Today from a long way out she was one of the few on the bridle. It's great.

"I thought it was going to be tough for a three-year-old filly only getting 2lb from the older horses but she delivered."

Trainer Tim Easterby said of runner-up Hamish McGonagall: "I thought we'd got there, but the winner was always with us.

"We couldn't have asked any more from him to do what he's just done.

"He wouldn't get the (six-furlong) trip at Haydock (Betfred Sprint Cup) so we'll go for the Abbaye now."

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