Newmarket jockey Hayley looking to go out in style

GOODWOOD HORSES    (SPORT)      MRW Saturday 3/5/2014 ''// caption applies to the RESULT OF THE RACE //   ''Race: Fifth ''Time: 4.05''First: Be My Gal 'Jockey: Hayley Turner ( looking very pleased as she arrived in the winner's enclosure )''Second:Princess Loulou 'Jockey:Dane O'Neill''Third:Zibelina'Jockey: Martin Lane ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141259-8197) PPP-140405-105149003
GOODWOOD HORSES (SPORT) MRW Saturday 3/5/2014 ''// caption applies to the RESULT OF THE RACE // ''Race: Fifth ''Time: 4.05''First: Be My Gal 'Jockey: Hayley Turner ( looking very pleased as she arrived in the winner's enclosure )''Second:Princess Loulou 'Jockey:Dane O'Neill''Third:Zibelina'Jockey: Martin Lane ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141259-8197) PPP-140405-105149003

Retiring jockey Hayley Turner is determined to go out on a winning note after announcing her retirement at the end of the season.

Turner, 32, will step down from the sport in November after 15 years in the saddle.

On her impending departure, Turner said: “I have loved every second of my career as a jockey.

“I am incredibly grateful to all those that have supported me over the years especially my agent, Guy Jewell, Michael Bell, Conor Dore and James Fanshawe.

“I am really excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and am very much looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

“I will continue to stay as focused as ever on my riding until the end of this season and will be hoping to ride as many winners as possible until then.”

Newmarket trainer Michael Bell paid tribute to Turner, who joined his yard as an apprentice back in 2005, and who has been riding at the World All-Star Jockeys challenge at Sapporo racecourse, in Japan, recently.

Bell said: “Hayley can be very proud of what she has achieved. She has enjoyed an outstanding career and has had to overcome a lot of injury knockbacks.

“She has been with us a long time and has been a great ambassador for the sport.

“It’s a decision she feels comfortable with. She is giving the sport up on her own terms, which is good for any sports person.”

Turner rode a total of 44 winners to take the Champion Apprentice title in 2005.

She became the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a season three years later.

Her most notable wins came in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, the Beverley D Stakes in the United States of America and the July Cup on Dream Ahead on her home track.

She became the only female jockey to ride two Group Ones in the same season with Margot Did and Dream Ahead in 2011.

Meanwhile, fellow Nemarket handler James Toller has announced that he will berelinquishing his licence at the end of the season.

Toller, who won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2004 with Bachelor Duke, has been operating out of Newmarket for more than 35 years.

Toller enjoyed his most rewarding campaign in 1997, when Compton Place won the Group One July Cup and Teapot Row the Group Two Royal Lodge.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Roger Varian has no concerns over 2014 Dewhurst winner Belardo dropping back in trip for Saturday’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.

Belardo, who is likely to be ridden by James Doyle, has been supplemented for the race and Varian said: “On his last two runs over a mile we’ve felt he just hasn’t got home.

“He’s a horse that possesses a lot of natural speed and he has been tending to over-race.

“It will be interesting coming back in trip with him.

“He did a good piece of work with James (Doyle) who thought he would be able to handle himself well at six furlongs.”