Hayley Turner walked away unscathed yesterday after a freak accident in Newmarket morning in which the unraced filly Jessica Ennis suffered serious injuries.
Turner was riding the Michael Bell-trained filly ahead of her planned debut tomorrow when the two-year-old panicked in the stalls during routine schooling, getting loose before running on to the road, where she was hit by a car. Jessica Ennis is part-owned by the Sheffield World and European heptathlon champion of the same name.
Harry Herbert, managing director of owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “This is a horrific, freak accident and we are desperately concerned for the filly’s well-being. At this early stage we do not know exactly what the prognosis is.”
Ennis posted on her Twitter account: “Really sad to hear about my filly who should have been racing this weekend but had an accident! Get well soon!”