HAYLEY TURNER OBE
2016 Investec Derby Festival Ambassador
Hayley Turner, now a regular face on dedicated racing channel At The Races retired from the saddle in November 2015. Her final race meeting was in South Africa where she finished on a high with a win. Hayley, who rode 764 winners during her 15-year career, received an OBE, for her services to racing, from Her Majesty The Queen on the 25th October 2016.
Hayley’s first ride as a licenced jockey was aboard Markellis at Southwell in March, 2000 and she rode her first winner just a few months later on Generate at Pontefract. Hayley joined Derby winning trainer Michael Bell’s yard in 2005 as an apprentice and went on to take the Champion Apprentice title the same year having ridden 44 winners.
In 2008 she became the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a season and won her first Group race on Lady Deauville in Germany. Hayley was voted Channel 4’s racing personality of the year and subsequently became face of The Investec Derby Festival in 2009.
In 2011 she made history becoming the first female jockey to win a British Group 1 race outright winning Newmarket’s July Cup aboard Dream Ahead. She quickly followed this success with another Group 1 victory at York in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Later that year she was crowned William Hill Sportswoman of the Year and Jaguar’s Most Influential Sportswoman of the Year and in May 2012 added Glamour Sportswoman of the Year to her accolades.
On August 18th 2012 Hayley became the first female jockey to win the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes ($750,000) when she rode I'm A Dreamer to victory for trainer David Simcock at Arlington Park. This win represented a breakthrough at the very highest level in the US.
Hayley is an ambassador for Active Communities Network. This London based charity works with underprivileged young people in deprived communities to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations. They use sport as a major pathway in their work as it helps engage, mentor and inspire young people.