Margot Did Win Nunthorpe for Hayley
1 Margot Did 20/1
Hayley Turner rode her second Group One sprint winner when driving 20-1 shot Margot Did to a surprise success in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Victorious on Dream Ahead in the July Cup, Turner came home three-quarters of a length in front this time on her boss Michael Bell's sprinter, who beat Hamish McGonagall, with Prohibit a further half a length away in third.
The runners were spread right across the track entering the closing stages and Margot Did blitzed to victory in tremendous style, with the heavily backed favourite Hoof It, who was slowly away, staying on well without threatening to figure in the finish.
Turner, who has hit new heights in raising the profile of female 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.
"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. It was just amazing, and I'm so thrilled for the owners."
The jockey 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."
Bell added: "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.
"We found the key to riding her at Sandown, slightly by default, as she had to make the running from her draw. We found 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 trip at Haydock (Betfred Sprint Cup) so we'll go for the Abbaye now."
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