Hayley Turner Captains Internationals

Kieren Fallon withdraws

Hayley Turner

Hayley Turner – last UK ride on Saturday at Doncaster

Jockey Kieren Fallon is ill and will not be able to travel to South Africa to captain the international team at next week’s Racing. It’s A Rush! International Jockeys’ Challenge.

The challenge is being run at Fairview on Friday 13 November and Turffontein the next day.

He has been replaced in the team by Brazilian-born rider Francisco Franco da Silva.

Da Silva is a lightweight Germany-based rider who has ridden in Brazil, where he has won Group 1 races, Ireland, Germany, India, Italy, France, Qatar and Dubai.

The international team will now be captained by Hayley Turner, who brings the curtain down on her career as a jockey with five rides on the final day of the Flat season at Doncaster on Saturday.

Turner is the most successful female rider in British racing history having recorded a landmark success when steering the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead to victory in the July Cup at Newmarket in 2011, becoming the first woman to secure a Group One victory outright.

She then followed up with another top-level success aboard Margot Did in the Nunthorpe Stakes later that summer, while Simcock supplied Turner with a Grade One win on I’m A Dreamer in the Beverly D. Stakes of 2012.

The 32-year-old, who also became the first woman to ride 100 winners in a calendar year on the Flat in 2007, admits her 15-year career has flown by.

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