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The Lark (Jamie Spencer) wins the Park Hill Stakes from Phiz

The Lark (left) winning the Park Hill Stakes comfortably from Phiz

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (  

The Lark's Group 2 romp marred by Turner fall

Report: Doncaster, Thursday

DFS Park Hill Stakes (Group 2)
1m6f132y, 3yo+ fillies & mares

INVESTEC Oaks third The Lark produced a classy performance to ease her way to victory in a race marred by Hayley Turner’s fall on Seal Of Approval.

The incident happened at the two-furlong pole as Seal Of Approval appeared to clip heels with another horse against the far rail sending Turner, only recently back in action following an ankle break, crashing to the turf.

Turner was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for scans, which came back clear, while the James Fanshawe-trained filly was soon on her feet.

Her agent Guy Jewell had a positive update on Thursday night. He said: "Hayley will be kept in hospital overnight, but all the x-rays and scans were clear."

The stewards looked into the incident and were satisfied it was accidental as Turner's mount [Seal Of Approval] appeared to clip heels with the horse in front of her.

Stewards secretary Robert Earnshaw said: "We could not interview Hayley but we interviewed Richard Hughes who was upsides and he said he heard a clip, as though she had clipped heels, and it appears that she clipped the heels of Joe Fanning's mount which was dropping back at the time.

Hayley Turner - Jockey

Hayley Turner: taken to hospital

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

"There was no riding offence, it was just a very unfortunate incident."

It was around the time of the fall that the sweet-travelling The Lark took over the lead under a relatively motionless Jamie Spencer, who nursed the Lady Bamford-owned three-year-old to a cosy victory.

"I hope Hayley and the horse are both okay," said Spencer, who added of the winner: "She didn’t really have to do much and she is better than these horses."

The Lark's trainer Michael Bell compared the style of her victory to Sariska's Irish Oaks romp in 2009 - the dual Oaks winner also raced in Lady Bamford's colours.

He added: "This is a good filly and I'm delighted for the Bamfords, she'll make a lovely mare at the stud.

"She'll have an autumn campaign. There's the Prix de Royallieu on Arc day and the Filly and Mare race on Champions Day, and it will be either or both."

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