Turner ‘deeply em­bar­rassed’ over bets

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing -

Hay­ley Turner must face a Bri­tish Horserac­ing Author­ity dis­ci­plinary panel next Thurs­day af­ter open­ing an in­ter­net bet­ting ac­count whilst hold­ing a jockey’s li­cence.

Britain’s most suc­cess­ful woman jockey of­fi­cially re­tired at the end of the 2015 turf sea­son but, af­ter es­tab­lish­ing a me­dia ca­reer with At The Races and ITV Rac­ing, Turner re­cently opted to re­turn to race rid­ing in France.

How­ever, Turner’s de­ci­sion to open an on­line ac­count fol­low­ing her ini­tial re­tire­ment prompted a BHA in­quiry as she tech­ni­cally still held a li­cence, leav­ing the rider in breach of the rule and “deeply em­bar­rassed” by the sit­u­a­tion.

Paul Struthers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Pro­fes­sional Jock­eys As­so­ci­a­tion, said in a state­ment: “Fol­low­ing her re­tire­ment, Hay­ley opened an on­line bet­ting ac­count in her name reg­is­tered to her home ad­dress. Even though Hay­ley no longer saw her­self as a jockey, and placed no bets whilst ac­tively rid­ing, she did place bets whilst hold­ing a li­cence.

“There were a to­tal of 164 such bets over ap­prox­i­mately 18 months, with a me­dian av­er­age stake of £10 and a mean av­er­age stake of £18.62, which gen­er­ated a profit of £160.”

Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic run­ner-up Toast Of New York recorded a com­fort­able suc­cess at Ling­field yes­ter­day on his re­turn af­ter an ab­sence of 1,130 days. “I’m just hugely re­lieved. As long as he’s sound in the morn­ing, we’ll make a plan from there,” said trainer Jamie Os­borne.

He was re­tired with a ten­don in­jury in 2014 but a change of plan was de­cided by new own­ers Al Shaqab Rac­ing af­ter vet­eri­nary ad­vice sug­gested his in­jury was not as bad as feared.

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