Turner is widely considered to be the first woman to achieve a sustained, day-in, day-out, successful career as a professional jockey in the UK. Kirsty Milczarek and Cathy Gannon are the two other female jockeys currently[when?] riding in the UK who have come closest to following Turner's achievements[vague]. Hayley Turner's success has seen an enormous increase in the number of female apprentice jockeys riding in the UK in the second decade of the 21st century[quantify].
She became the first women to ride 100 UK Flat race winners during a calendar year, when winning on 'Mullitovermaurice' at Wolverhampton on 30 December 2008. In that year Turner rode in over 900 races in the UK - one of only five riders to achieve the milestone that year.
On 31 August 2015 Turner announced that she would retire from riding at the end of the season. Among many plans she will join the horse racing broadcaster At The Races.
Turner grew up in north Nottinghamshire. Her first ride in public was on Markellis at Southwell on 27 March 2000. Her first winning ride was on Generate at Pontefract on 4 June 2000. She rode her first Group winner on Lady Deauville in the Lando-Trophy in Germany on 16 November 2008.
Turner has ridden winners for a great deal of trainers but is best known for her ongoing and successful association with Newmarket based Derby winning trainer Michael Bell, with whom she was apprenticed in 2005 when winning the Champion Apprentice title. She was joint Champion Apprentice with Saleem Golam with 44 winners in 2005. Since then she has silenced the doubters by bucking the trend of champion apprentices subsequently struggling with their careers by going from success to success[peacock term]. She was voted as Channel 4's Racing Personality for 2008.
In March 2009, Turner was badly injured in an accident putting a horse through starting stalls on the Newmarket gallops, which initially threatened to sideline her for the rest of the year. She made some guest appearances as a pundit on Channel 4 Racing during this time. However, when fresh medical evidence allowed her to return to race-riding in mid-summer she was instantly back to riding successfully. Turner ended the year on 60 winners, her second highest figure despite missing much of the season.
The 2010 flat racing year continued to be successful for Turner; highlights included a first Group 1 ride on Barshiba in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and winning the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks on the same horse at Haydock a month earlier; and a successful partnership with classy two-year-old Margot Did, which included two winners and second places in two Group 3s and a Group 2.
In January 2011, Turner had her first race-rides at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai, as part of the annual Dubai Racing Carnival. In July 2011 Turner rode her first Group 1 winner, Dream Ahead, in the July Cup at Newmarket, and repeated the trick the following month winning the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes on Margot Did during York racecourse's Ebor Meeting.
2012 saw Turner ride 92 winners, her second-best season, at a strike rate of 12%, also a career second-best. She ended the year early to have surgery on an ankle. On 31 May 2012 she became the first female jockey in history to ride on the Dubai World Cup night.She rode Margot Did in the Al Quoz Sprint where she finished well back in the field.On 2 June 2012 she became the second female jockey in history to ride in the Epsom Derby.She rode Cavaliero where she came last of the nine horses running. Most significantly in 2012, Turner won the Beverly D. Stakes in America, becoming the first UK-based girl to ride an international Group One winner.
Turner, like many UK Flat jockeys is based in Newmarket, Suffolk. In 2011, she became a member of the Jaguar Academy of Sport and received the 'Most Inspirational Sportswoman' Award at the 2011 Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards. Turner was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
Winners per year
Per calendar year
- 2015: 44
- 2014: 40
- 2013: 60
- 2012: 92
- 2011: 88 (injury ended season early)
- 2010: 73
- 2009: 60 (missed several months injured)
- 2008: 100
- 2007: 56
- 2006: 36
- 2005: 53
- 2004: 34 (including Apprentice Championship with 27 wins during Turf season)
- 2003: 14
- 2002: 9
- 2000: 1
- Coral Charge, Gr.3 - (1) - Caledonia Lady (2012)
- Nunthorpe Stakes, Gr.1 - (1) - Margot Did (2011)
- July Cup, Gr.1 - (1) - Dream Ahead (2011)
- Lancashire Oaks, Gr.2 - (1) - Barshiba (2010)
- Lando-Trophy, Gr.3 - (1) - Lady Deauville (2008)
- Beverly D. Stakes, Gr.1 – (1) – I'm A Dreamer (2012)
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 2016.
- Jaguar Academy of Sport. "Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards".
- "Queen's Birthday Honours: Rod Stewart and Tim Peake head list". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
- Hayley Turner: Sorcery of the apprentice stakes a claim for girl power - States that she suffers from celiac disease The Independent 9 October 2005
- Turner reaches historic century The Independent, 31 December 2008
- Jockey Hayley's hundred winners Sky News, 31 December 2008
- Head-turner Hayley in the frame for Derby Times Online, 1 January 2009