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Gale-force winds failed to stop Turnley breaking through for his second win in the Living Cancer Trust Handicap (1400m) at Hawkesbury.

Wind, rain and thunder passed over the venue for most of the meeting but Turnley coped with the conditions admirably in the $22,000 affair.

Jockey Peter Robl played his part by finding cover on Turnley in the early stages before producing the three-year-old to make his winning run at the perfect time.

Turnley knuckled down to his task strongly to get home over the top of the Chris Waller-trained The Shooter to score by a half-length.

”I left it to Peter to decide how he rode him, he knows the horse,” winning trainer Clarry Conners said. “It was a bit of a stop-start race. They all didn’t want to lead today because of the wind.

“I always thought he would be a 1200-metre horse. Peter got off him last start and said he needed 1400 or even 1600 metres, that’s why he ran over 1400 today.”

Turnley’s victory earned the son of Olympus another shot at city racing after the gelding notched minor placings at Warwick Farm and Canterbury.

Another good performance at his next start could prompt Conners to aim for the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill.

“He’ll go to town on Saturday week and run in a restricted three-year-old race,” Conners said. “We all live and dream and if he can win that, we have got him in the big one.”

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