Royal Ascot on horizon for family celebrating Judy In Disguise's double victory
It looks like top hat and tails for him and an expensive frock and fascinator for her. Yes, the Turner family is set for Royal Ascot with Judy In Disguise after the filly made it two wins out of two at Salisbury on Sunday.
“We always thought she was a nice filly but we didn’t think she would win like that today – we must be looking at the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot now,” said Bill Turner after a memorable afternoon for the dynasty based at Sigwells between Sherborne and Wincanton.
Bill does the training, wife Tracy is the owner, daughter Kathy led the horse up – and the 12-1 chance was expertly ridden by Kathy’s 17-year-old lean and lanky son Ryan While.
While had recorded his first victory as a jockey in front of grandad Bill when Judy In Disguise romped home by nearly five lengths on her racecourse debut in a two-year-olds’ maiden at Folkestone a month ago.
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This latest test was much stiffer but she passed it in style with apprentice While bouncing her out of the stalls and disputing the lead before going clear in the final two furlongs for a three-length success.
Four previous winners were in her wake including odds-on Tassel who trailed in last of the seven runners and was later reported to be lame behind.
Bill Turner said: “Ryan rides her in all her work at home and he said she was a serious filly – nothing goes past her on the gallops. She’s so laid back and gorgeous and when they’re like that they’re so easy to train.
“We thought the softer ground would help her today – it was plenty firm enough at Folkestone. In the real world we would now put her away for the Queen Mary in June but we will also look at the Hilary Needler race at Beverley on May 30.”
While has been “riding all my life” and this was his second win from 17 career rides. He said: “She jumped out of the stalls well and I didn’t want to take a pull and disappoint her, so I just kept her up there travelling well. When I asked her, she pulled out more – she is so honest.”
Should Judy In Disguise line up for the Queen Mary Stakes over five furlongs on Wednesday, June 20, While would not be able to claim his 7lb allowance as this is a Group Two race.
In which case grandad said they would be looking for another rider – but whether grandma or mum would agree to seeing their little boy jocked off is another matter!
Turner is no stranger to the royal meeting. His Lady Filly, who was owned and bred by Monica Teversham of Ashmore near Shaftesbury, took this same Salisbury race in 2004 before finishing seventh in the Queen Mary.
Judy In Disguise was bred by Judy Maitland-Jones of Charlton Horethorne near Sherborne and the name recalls the 1968 hit record by American group John Fred and His Playboy Band.
The filly is by Group One Prix Mornay hero Elusive City and is out of Tomorrow’s World, a lightly-raced middle-distance maiden who ran for Maitland-Jones from the Green Ore yard of Malcolm Saunders near Wells in 2007-08.
This was Turner’s fifth juvenile winner of 2012 and his second of the month following Just Past Andover’s nine-length runaway at Yarmouth on Tuesday.
After an encouraging fourth in the Brocklesby Stakes and a close second at Musselburgh the colt disappointed at Bath in April but relished last week’s heavy ground on the Norfolk track under 7lb apprentice Jake Payne who made all.
Turner suffered a bout of seconditis at Brighton on Thursday. After beating Byrd In Hand in a 10-furlong handicap at the previous meeting his Lord Of The Storm had the tables turned on him in a re-match on 6lb worse terms.
Lady Phill had finished third of four at that same fixture last month on her racecourse debut after a slow start and showed improvement to be a one-length runner-up to Heavy Metal.
By David Briers