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Trainer Clarry Conners says Nash Rawiller’s ride played a large part in the talented galloper Turnley’s win in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury.

Rawiller partnered Turnley for the first time in the $40,000 contest but the new combination gelled quickly to give the gelding his first win as a four-year-old.

Rawiller had to make a snap decision when Turnley began only fairly from the outside gate in the nine-horse field but the jockey decided to take the initiative and send his mount forward to take up the running.

The jockey rated Turnley perfectly as he gave him a midrace breather before pushing him to establish a break on his rivals rounding the home turn.

Turnley responded to Rawiller’s urgings, skipping clear early in the straight before holding his opposition late to score by a half-length.

Conners said he was confident Turnley would win the Canterbury race but said he expected a more dominant performance from the horse, adding Rawiller’s skill got him home for his fourth win from 19 starts.

“I thought the horse would win but I was a little bit disappointed, I thought he should have won a bit better,” Conners said.

“I thought it was a gem of a ride even though he (Rawiller) made two runs on him.

“If that fellow wasn’t on his back, he (Turnley) may not have won but, anyhow, he has.”

Turnley earned another $23,000 for his latest win, taking his stakes tally to more than $130,000.

Congratulations to Turnley’s owners – T Sewell and the Victory Lodge Syndicate.


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