Hayley Turner (born 3 January 1983 in Nottingham) is an English flat racing jockey, who, on 30 December 2008, made history by becoming the first woman to ride 100 winners in British horseracing in a year, when successful aboard Mullitovermaurice at Wolverhampton.
Hayley's first ride in public was aboard 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. Hayley has ridden winners for a great deal of trainers but if best known for her ongoing and successful association with Newmarket and Derby winning trainer Michael Bell, with whom she was apprenticed in 2005 when winning the Champion Apprentice title.
High profile handicap wins in 2008 on Furnace at Chester and Ascot raised Hayley Turner into the higher echelons of the weighing room, as did wins on The Betchworth Kid. Hayley is respected for her down-to-earth personality, no-nonsense, sensible raceriding and toughness in a finish, which has drawn comparison with that of legend Kieren Fallon.
Turner was the 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. She was voted as Channel 4's Racing Personality for 2008.
Hayley Turner is now seen as one of the most consistent and reliable riders.
In March 2009, Hayley 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. However, when fresh medical evidence allowed her to return to race-riding in mid-summer she was instantly back to riding successfully. Hayley ended the year on 60 winners, her second highest figure despite missing much of the season.
Winners per year:
- 2009: 60 (missed several months injured)
- 2008: 100
- 2007: 56
- 2006: 36
- 2005: 53
- 2004: 34
- 2003: 14
- 2002: 9
- 2000: 1
- 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