Hayley Turner OBE


Hayley Turner OBE is the UK’s most successful female jockey. With 764 career wins, Hayley 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. Being a true inspiration to the younger generation, her success has seen an enormous increase in the number of female apprentice jockeys riding in the UK.

Turner became the first woman to ride 100 UK flat race winners during the calendar year, when she won on Multiovermaurice at Wolverhampton in December of 2008. Turner rode in over 900 races in the UK in 2008 – one of just five riders to achieve the milestone that year. In August of 2015, Turner announced her retirement from riding and that at the end of the season, she would be regular contributor to the new ITV Racing Team as of January 2017.

Working for a great deal of trainers throughout her career, Turner is best known for her ongoing association with Newmarket based Derby winning trainer, Michael Bell, with whom she as apprenticed with in 2005 when she won took the Champion Apprentice Title. Achieving joint Champion Apprentice with Saleem Golam, Turner achieved 44 winners in 2005. Going from success to success, Turner silenced the doubters by bucking the trend of Champion Apprentices subsequently struggling with their careers.

Achieving high profile handicap wins in 2008 on Furnace at Chester and The Royal Ascot raised Turner into the higher echelons of the weighing room, as well as wins on The Betchworth Kid. Having her career interrupted by injury in 2009, Hayley ended the year on 60 winners, this being her second highest figure despite missing much of the season.

The 2010 flat racing year proved to be extremely successful for Turner; achieving a first group 1 ride on Barshiba in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as well as winning the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks on the same horse at Haydock a month earlier.

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 of that year, 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 her ride 92 winners, her second-best season, at a strike rate of 12%; also a career second-best. On 31 May 2012, she became the first female jockey in history to ride on the Dubai World Cup night when she rode Margot Did in the Al Quoz Sprint. On 2 June 2012, she became the second female jockey in history to ride in the Epsom Derby on Cavaliero and, most significantly, she won the Beverly D. Stakes in America, becoming the first UK-based woman to ride an International Group One winner.

Turner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to horse racing and is expected to enjoy an equally successful career as she did on the race course when taking up her punditry and analysis role. A brilliant motivational speaker, Hayley Turner OBE has an incredible story to tell, not least how she was able to make a name for herself in a male dominated sport, and is available to book today for all manner of speaking engagements.

To book Hayley Turner OBE as the horse-racing speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Hayley is known to cover the following topics:

  • Horse Racing
  • The Royal Ascot
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Handling Pressure

“Everything went well yesterday and Hayley was great company and very informative. She has a great personality and took some of my guests behind the scenes and down to see the start of one of the races. Hayley also spoke about her career in racing and in particular the difficulties for her in a male dominated sport and also spoke about the occasions that she had met Her Majesty, including showing us her OBE.” – Harvey Sharpstone, Omni Security