Friday 17 November 2017

Hayley Turner confirms her intention to retire at the end of the flat season

Jockey Hayley Turner
Jockey Hayley Turner

Nick Robson

Hayley Turner is hoping to bow out on a high after confirming she will retire from the saddle at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old is the most successful female rider in British racing history having recorded a landmark success when steering the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead to victory in the July Cup at Newmarket in 2011, becoming the first woman to secure a Group One victory outright.

She then followed up with another top-level success aboard Margot Did in the Nunthorpe Stakes later that summer, while Simcock supplied Turner with a Grade One win on I'm A Dreamer in the Beverly D. Stakes of 2012

However, Turner feels the time is right to call a halt to her riding days and she is now eager to embrace a life outside of the weighing room.

She said: "I have loved every second of my career as a jockey and I am incredibly grateful to all those that have supported me over the years especially my agent, Guy Jewell, Michael Bell, Conor Dore and James Fanshawe.

"I am really excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and am very much looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

"I will continue to stay as focused as ever on my riding until the end of this season and will be hoping to ride as many winners as possible until then."

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