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Turner agony as broken ankle puts her out for two months.

Byline: Rodney Masters

HAYLEY TURNER'S dream season took a painful turn for the worse yesterday, when the most successful woman rider in British racing history was left nursing a broken left ankle following a freak pre-race incident at Bath.

Turner, who has won two Group 1 sprints this year, is set to miss the bulk of the rest of the season and a potentially lucrative autumn campaign in which she was poised to bid for another top-level success aboard her Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes-winning partner Margot Did in the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye.

Initial diagnosis suggested the incident at Bath had resulted in nothing worse than bruising and news of Turner's fracture - revealed first on racingpost.com - came as a surprise to no-one more than the jockey herself.

Turner landed heavily on her left shin and ankle when favourite Rose Aurora dumped her to the ground after misbehaving while heading to the start of Bath's 1m5f handicap. After examination in the racecourse From front page medical room, bruising was diagnosed as more likely than a fracture, but Turner was in considerable pain 30 minutes later and was taken for an x-ray at Bath's Royal United Hospital. At that point Turner was not too concerned, tweeting: "Ouch! I'm thinking it's just bruised, but going for a double check. Gutted I didn't wax my legs before I went racing." Two hours later, her unwaxed legs were her least concern, with the rider telling her 13,000 followers on Twitter: "Oh dear, I have a broken ankle, gutted!" Turner's agent Guy Jewell said last night: "It's bad news. Hayley's ankle is broken. It is a clean break and she will be operated on in the morning. "I spoke to her at 4.30pm while she was waiting to be x-rayed and she was quite upbeat - she must have been on pretty good painkillers." The injury is a cruel blow in a season that has brought her first Group 1 wins on Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup and Margot Did in the Nunthorpe. Turner, who is attached to the stable of Margot Did's trainer Michael Bell, could be sidelined for around two months, judging by the timescale advised by doctors to jump jockeys Willy Twiston-Davies and David Casey, both of whom broke an ankle recently. Break puts Turner out
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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