Haykey Turner: retired from riding in 2015
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Graham Dench 7:25PM 12 JUL 2016
BRITAIN’S most successful female jockey Hayley Turner will return to action this Friday, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Turner, 33, will take a big first step towards competing in next month’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot when she partners Clenymistra for Marco Botti in a maiden at Newmarket.
Taking five minutes out before embarking on another run in the rain in Newmarket on Tuesday evening, she told the Racing Post: “I’ve been riding out since April, but that’s not particularly challenging, and so I’ve been going to the gym, doing weights, cycling, running and practising on the Equicizer at the Racing School.
“I’ve done as much as I can to get fit at home, but getting race-fit is a different matter and it will take a couple of races.”
‘I’m really excited’
Turner retired from the saddle last year but announced last month she was making a “one-off comeback” to replace the injured Michelle Payne in the girls team on what she says is her “favourite day of the year”.
She continued: “The Shergar Cup is five rides in one afternoon and it is only just over three weeks away now. I owe it to the owners and the team to be as fit as I can, so I’m conscious I need to pull my finger out. I’ll be looking for more rides. I’m really excited.”
Turner has won 761 races in Britain, her many achievements including a champion apprentice title in 2005 (shared with Saleem Golam), two Group 1 victories and a century of wins in a calendar year.
These were among a string of female firsts Turner accomplished in a trailblazing career that also featured a top-tier success in America and wins for the Queen. Last month she was made an OBE for services to racing.