HAYLEY TURNER OBE
Hayley Turner has ridden 791 winners during a glittering 16-year career which saw her receive an OBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2015 for her services to racing. She was the first woman ever to get over 100 winners in a season and to date is Britain’s most successful female jockey.
Hayley’s first ride as a licensed jockey was aboard Markellis at Southwell in March, 2000 and she rode her first winner just a few months later on Generate at Pontefract. Hayley joined Derby winning trainer Michael Bell’s yard in 2005 as an apprentice and went on to take the Champion Apprentice title the same year having ridden 44 winners.
In 2008 she became the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a season and won her first Group race on Lady Deauville in Germany. Hayley was voted Channel 4’s racing personality of the year and subsequently became face of The Investec Derby Festival in 2009.
In 2011 she made history becoming the first female jockey to win a British Group 1 race outright winning Newmarket’s July Cup aboard Dream Ahead. She quickly followed this success with another Group 1 victory at York in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Later that year she was crowned William Hill Sportswoman of the Year and Jaguar’s Most Influential Sportswoman of the Year and in May 2012 added Glamour Sportswoman of the Year to her accolades.
In August 2012, Hayley became the first female jockey to win the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes when she rode I'm A Dreamer to victory for trainer David Simcock at Arlington Park. This win represented a breakthrough at the very highest level in the US.
Britain's most successful female Flat jockey officially retired from the saddle at the end of the 2015 turf season and established a media career with At The Races and ITV Racing. However, she made several fleeting returns to riding and last summer was tempted to try her hand across the Channel after the French authorities announced the 4.4lb advantage for horses ridden by women. She has enjoyed a successful season back in the UK in 2018 and was an integral part of the Girl’s team who won their 2nd Shergar Cup at Ascot in August, claiming the Silver Saddle in the process.
Hayley is an ambassador for Active Communities Network. This London based charity works with underprivileged young people in deprived communities to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations. They use sport as a major pathway in their work as it helps engage, mentor and inspire young people.