Hayley Turner is a British jockey who has made a significant impact in the horse racing world.
She has become one of the most successful female jockeys in history, breaking many barriers and setting new standards for women in the sport.
This article will provide an in-depth look at Hayley Turner’s career, accomplishments, and impact on the world of horse racing.
Hayley Turner has won many significant races during her career, including several prestigious Group 1 races. Here are some of her most significant wins:
- Darley July Cup – 2011: Hayley rode Dream Ahead to victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket, becoming the first female jockey to win a Group 1 race in the UK.
- Prix Maurice de Gheest – 2011: Hayley rode Dream Ahead to victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in France, another prestigious Group 1 race.
- Epsom Oaks – 2012: Hayley rode the filly Was to victory in the Epsom Oaks, a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies.
- King George Stakes – 2012: Hayley rode Ortensia to victory in the King George Stakes at Goodwood, another Group 1 race.
- Nunthorpe Stakes – 2013: Hayley rode the mare, Margot Did, to victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, a Group 1 race for sprinters.
- Ascot Gold Cup – 2019: Hayley rode Thanks Be to victory in the Ascot Gold Cup, becoming the first female jockey to win the race in its 207-year history.
Early Life and Career
Hayley Turner was born on January 3, 1983, in Nottingham, England. Her father was a professional jockey, and she grew up around horses and horse racing. From a young age, Hayley had a passion for riding, and she began riding at the age of four. She started her career in horse racing as an apprentice jockey in 2000. Her first win came in the same year at Pontefract on Generate.
Hayley quickly made a name for herself in the world of horse racing, winning numerous races and setting new records along the way. She was the first female jockey to win a Group 1 race in the UK, when she rode Dream Ahead to victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket in 2011. She also became the first female jockey to win the Ascot Gold Cup, riding the horse called “Thanks Be” in 2019.
Hayley has won many other prestigious races during her career, including the Epsom Oaks, the Coronation Stakes, and the King George Stakes. She has also competed in races all over the world, including in Australia, the United States, and Japan.
Hayley Turner’s achievements in horse racing have been numerous and impressive. She has won over 800 races throughout her career, and her victories have earned her over £8 million in prize money. In 2008, she became the first female jockey to win the Lester Award for Apprentice Jockey of the Year. She has also won the same award as a professional jockey in 2011 and 2015.
In 2018, Hayley was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her services to horse racing. She is also a patron of the Retraining of Racehorses charity, which helps retired racehorses find new homes and careers after their racing careers are over.
Impact on Women in Horse Racing
Hayley Turner has been a trailblazer for women in horse racing, breaking down barriers and paving the way for future generations of female jockeys. She has shown that women can compete at the highest level in the sport and that gender is not a barrier to success.
Hayley’s success has inspired many young girls to pursue a career in horse racing. She has become a role model and a source of inspiration for women all over the world who aspire to be jockeys.
Hayley has also been an advocate for gender equality in horse racing, calling for more opportunities for female jockeys and equal pay for male and female jockeys. She has spoken out against discrimination and has called for a more inclusive and diverse horse racing industry.
Hayley Turner is one of the most successful female jockeys in history, and her career achievements have been numerous and impressive. She has broken down barriers and set new standards for women in horse racing, inspiring future generations of female jockeys. Her impact on the sport has been immense, and she has become a role model and an advocate for gender equality and diversity in the industry. Hayley’s achievements and contributions to horse racing have made her a true legend of the sport.