Turner denied a fairy-tale end in final outing before retiring

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Newmarket-based jockey Hayley Turner finished her 15-year career with a second place ride in the November Handicap.

The flat season’s last day could not produce a fairy-tale end for Turner as she rode Buonarroti, a 25-1 shot, as her final mount.

Turner had led at the two-furlong mark, and though she had thoughts of another moment of glory, George Baker’s Litigant spoiled the party.

The Southwell-raised jockey still ended as the most successful female jockey Britain has ever produced.

She started her career at Southwell back in 2000 and on her final ride on the Nottinghamshire circuit she picked up her 43rd win of the season.

Speaking to the Newmarket Journal ahead of her final outing, Turner said she would enjoy the freedom of retirement.

She said: “I’ve had a lot of time since I announced I was going to retire to get my head around it.

“As a jockey you are travelling around the world and you really have to dedicate your whole life to it. You can’t pick and choose where you go.”

Turner’s race record included becoming the first female jockey to win 100 UK flat races in one season in 2008 and also having victories in the July Cup, Nunthorpe Stakes and winning the Shergar Cup.

The former apprentice of Newmarket trainer Michael Bell has also influenced the sport as her success has given a rise to female jockeys taking up the sport and Turner is happy to be an inspiration for up and coming talent.

She said: “I’d like to think there are young kids now starting out who can look and see the hard work I’ve put in.”

The 32-year old will now turn her talents and experience to the world of television as a broadcaster on At The Races.

Turner is looking forward to her new venture, she said: “My whole career though has been a joy and I’ve loved every minute.

“I’m not one for sitting around so I’ll be looking to move onto the next chapter as soon as I can.”