Turner ‘deeply embarrassed’ over bets
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.