Turner paints tough picture as Ward targets Doncaster.
BILL TURNER is preparing to fight off US raider Wesley Ward in the Betway Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster next Saturday as he seeks a seventh win in the race.
However, the trainer feels Ward's plan to run filly Create A Dream in the first major juvenile race of the year in Britain is just an extension of the increasing competition he is facing from big stables for the early-season two-year-old prizes.
"It's been going that way for a while and it's a real numbers game now," Turner said yesterday.
"We've had the likes of Richard Fahey, Mark Johnston and Richard Hannon targeting the early races much more often and I haven't got the numbers any more to compete with them like I used to, but I'll be trying.
"Basically the American horse is just an extension of that and it just goes to show how much tougher it is to buy a cheap horse and win a race with it."
Turner last won the Brocklesby Stakes in 2013 and with only ten two-year-olds, including his likely runner Crucial Moment, he believes the odds are becoming more stacked against him.
He said: "It's such a big investment buying a yearling at the sales that everybody wants an early return on it straightaway. I struggled to buy horses at the sales last year because of the prices and have only got ten in.
"We're planning to run a colt called Crucial Moment in the Brocklesby. We like him but he might be better over six furlongs and a touch more time."
Turner will also be represented in the first two-year-old race of the year in Britain at Wolverhampton tomorrow when he runs Who Told Jo Jo in a 5f conditions race.
"He's one we're using as a bit of a sighter and we'll see from there," Turner said. "But he's a real early strong colt. I just wish he'd had a better draw [than stall eight]."