Turner cautious on Brocklesby
Bill Turner goes in search of a sixth success in the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster on Friday with Mick's Yer Man.
Turner traditionally targets the race with his more forward juveniles, but admits the adverse weather this winter has made it harder than ever to prepare his team of youngsters.
Turner trains in Somerset, an area hit particularly hard by the wet winter, but he has been helped in the preperation for the new season by his grandson, Ryan While, who takes the ride tomorrow
"We haven't got a secret, we just work hard through the winter and get them knowing their job, it's as simple as that," Turner told At The Races.
"This winter has been unbelievable, it's the worst winter I've even known - I've been here 25 years and never known nothing like it.
"They haven't got their summer coats at all. The worst thing was it was stop-go-stop-go. We're on top of a hill and I've never seen standing water before on the top of a hill.
"I don't think Newmarket has had quite the weather we have, we've had it particularly bad in the West Country.
"In the past we've had milder winters but it seems to have turned round now. It's possible we've lost our advantage.
"I've got a Bahamian Bounty colt (Mick's Yer Man) and if you looked at him you'd say he wants a bit of time and is a bit leggy, he could well get beat for a bit of early toe but we hope to see him staying on.
"Ryan's my grandson. I bought a few two-year-olds this year to try to get him going a little bit. He's getting a bit heavy and will have to go jumping but I'm trying to get him a few winners on the Flat before that happens.
"He's had 15-20 pony race winners and has been riding since before he could walk. He's ridden nine winners already and loves the game."