Hayley Turner makes Goodwood her odds-on favourite.

PUBLISHED: 10:39 05 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 05 July 2013

Sarah Young and Finn, by Julian Portch

Sarah Young and Finn, by Julian Portch

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Sarah Young and Finn have been a partnership for eight years, and know each other inside out. When not cantering around the countryside, there’s nothing Finn likes better than a quiet cuddle and a kiss on the nose.

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Hayley refers to Goodwood as her “favourite racecourse,” and speaks fondly of the fantastic scenery (“one of the most beautiful courses around the world that I have ridden at”), but also the nature of the track itself. “It’s a testing track for jockeys to ride, because of the way that it’s set out. It’s really very satisfying to come in first past the post here.” As well as riding a few more winners (she had three here last year), Hayley hopes to get the chance to experience Goodwood’s legendary hospitality. “If I’m not riding, I definitely want to see as much of it as I can – I’ve never heard a bad word said against it.”

For those who want to follow in Hayley’s footsteps and put on their silks professionally, she has this advice: “Work hard, keep your head, and get as fit as you possibly can.” She lists Irish flat jockey Richard Hughes as “an endless source of inspiration”, alongside local boy Ryan Moore, who was born in Brighton, and was Champion Jockey in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Hayley will be commenting on fixtures and other events at Goodwood throughout the season, as well as sharing her tips for every race.

Glorious Goodwood is the next big race meeting, running from 30 July – 2 August. For more information or to book tickets go to www.goodwood.co.uk

or phone 01243 755022.

Tip from the top

Being able to ride a straight line is very important. It sounds silly, but if you come into a showjump and you’re wobbling about, then you’re never going to get a good jump. Practise your approach over a pole on the ground first, in walk, trot, and when you are really straight, canter.

Think about your turn into the fence, because this is the basis of your whole approach – if you can get a good turn, it’s easier to get a straight approach. Look at the jump before you turn, so that your horse knows where you’re going. Use your inside leg to push your horse around the corner, and your outside leg to balance him, rather than pulling him around it with your reins.

Once you’ve turned the corner, keep your reins wide – this will help with the straightness, as they act like a funnel, channeling the horse forwards. Make sure the pace doesn’t get any faster over the pole, and if it does, go back to trot, or even walk, and re-establish your rhythm. Once you’ve mastered this, try it over a small fence, and keep everything exactly the same. n Gemma Tattersall gives lessons from her base near Handcross. For more information or to book, call 07785 773565 or go to www.gemmatattersall.com If you have any questions that you would like Gemma to cover in a future column, send them to alice.cooke@archant.co.uk

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