Turner upbeat on Lincoln chance with Ripp Orf

Elsworth gelding ‘going very well’ at home

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Hayley Turner feels she has a good chance of being only the second female jockey to win the Unibet Lincoln when she partners Ripp Orf in the big handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.

Alex Greaves guided Amenable to victory for David Barron in 1991, and Turner is looking forward to the ride on a horse she has had success on in the past.

She has ridden the David Elsworth-trained gelding five times and has only been out of the first three once.

“I’m really pleased to have got the ride on him. I won the Victoria Cup, so I know him well – he’s a horse that just takes a bit of knowing,” Turner told Sky Sports Racing.

“The big field will suit him, the lack of rain will probably help as well. He has won on soft ground, but it’s a mile.

“I know he’s going very well at home. He led me in a gallop the other day and I couldn’t get close to him, so fingers crossed.

“It’s a bit of a cavalry charge. You need a bit of luck and a good draw.”

Archie Watson expected more from Silver Quartz at Wolverhampton last time out, but is hoping for a better show from the four-year-old back on turf and a straight course.

“I was a little bit disappointed with him at Wolverhampton in the Lincoln Trial after he’d run so well there before,” said the Upper Lambourn handler.

“I think when they’re racing quite tight in big fields on the all-weather he’s not the biggest horse and he probably got a little intimated and the race got a bit rough for him.

“With a bit more galloping room, back on turf in a straight mile race, that will be better for him.

“On his form last year when beating Zwayyan at Ascot when he was with Hugo Palmer and also when he was third to Hathal at Wolverhampton for me, I think he could run a very good race.”

Turner upbeat on Lincoln chance with Ripp Orf
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