This Week in Horse Racing at William Hill Sports
It has been an exciting week for horse racing at William Hill. First of all on Christmas Day, jockey Hayley Turner was named the first winner of the William Hill Sports Woman of the Year Award.
She won by just 165 votes, narrowly securing victory over heptathlon silver medallist Jessica Ennis. Over the course of the last year Turner has won 83 races including two Group One wins. In total she collected 11,135 votes to win the award.
Rupert Adams, William Hill’s spokesman, said that he was amazed at how many people voted and that it is “astonishing how close it was.” He described Turner as a “worthy winner” and said that they are pleased to have her name first on the trophy.
As well as the trophy, Turner also received a VIP trip to the William Hill King George and a £1,000 charity bet on the race. Any winnings from the bet will be donated to Headway in Cambridge, a brain injury charity. In third and fourth places for the award were swimmer Rebecca Adlington and England striker Kelly Smith.
On Boxing Day Kauto Star made racing history by winning the King George VI for a fifth time. Star was expertly ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh who judged the pace of the race perfectly. Walsh was helped by Star’s jumping which was so accurate that he was in a strong position very early on in the race.
Coming up the straight Kauto Star was leading over the eighth and ninth fences and he produced a stunning leap at the 11th. From that point on the he always had the advantage. Overall he won by a length and three quarters with Long Run coming in second and Captain Chris 17 lengths behind in third place.