Britain’s most profitable girl jockey formally retired from the saddle on the finish of the 2015 turf season and after initially establishing a media profession with At The Races and ITV Racing, Turner lately opted to return to race driving in France.
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Nonetheless, Turner’s determination to open an internet account following her preliminary retirement prompted a BHA inquiry as she technically nonetheless held a licence, leaving the rider in breach of the Rule and “deeply embarrassed” by the scenario.
Paul Struthers, chief govt of the Skilled Jockeys Affiliation, stated in an announcement: “Following her retirement from the saddle in November 2015, Hayley opened an internet betting account in her identify registered to her residence tackle, the primary ever betting account she had opened.
“Although she was formally retired, Hayley subsequently took half in numerous one-off, invitational occasions and had some warm-up rides to arrange for them, and held a licence from the BHA enabling her to participate in these occasions.
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“It was only this summer that Hayley decided to return to race riding more fully in France.
“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 which technically placed her in breach of the Rules of Racing, something Hayley entirely accepts.
“There were a total of 164 such bets over a period of approximately 18 months, with a median average stake of £10 and a mean average stake of £18.62, which generated a total profit of £160.
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“Hayley has co-operated fully with the BHA and has been transparent and honest throughout. The BHA has confirmed to Hayley’s representatives that beyond the Rule breaches themselves, it has no further integrity concerns over the bets or Hayley herself.
“Hayley is absolutely devastated at her mistake and deeply embarrassed and sorry for it. Her hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, December 14.”
Joint champion apprentice in 2005, Turner was the first woman to ride 100 winners in a year and is a three-time winner at the top level.
In line with BHA policy, racing’s rulers offered no further comment.