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Harris and Turner are hot to trot on 2021's hottest day

Sutton Veney' s finest, Milton Harris, enjoyed his best season since the heady days of 2010-11 last season, notching up 18 winners from his new set up outside Warminster.

He consolidated his start to the new season with a double yesterday at Newton Abbot, bringing the seasonal tally to 3. With a limited number of fixtures and a close eye on ground conditions in the hottest months, choosing your races to target is a must. In Achy Breaky Heart, winner of the Mares' Handicap Chase, he found one such suitable contest: just 3 runners and a chance to make all and dominate. Grageelach Girl from Fergal O'Brien's chased the leader from 3 out, but was soon shaken off. The winning margin of 2l is perhaps kind to the winner, giving 26lb to the runner-up, who also lost a shoe. Nevertheless, one can only but win.

Another horse running off bottom weight, Presenting Yeats followed up 30 minutes later in the concluding 3m handicap hurdle. Sadly, he won't be doing a great deal to enhance his sire's reputation in this modest event, but all the same it's a pleasure to see offspring of the 4 time Ascot Gold Cup winner on the West Country circuit.

The day's headlines however, were taken by Bill Turner and his young jockey Harry Kimber who scored a treble. Somerset -based Turner has been around the racing block a few times, he'll be the first to admit, but is an excellent trainer, and not just of thoroughbreds: he trained a zebra some 12 years ago! It was good to see him back where it started, over the jumps, instead of the flat where he focuses his efforts nowadays.

Bill Turner has trained in Somerset for over 35 years
Bill Turner has trained in Somerset for over 35 years

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