Hayley Turner Looking Forward To The 2014 Flat Racing Season
Hayley Turner, who, in 2008 became the first British female jockey to ride a 100 winners in a season has been sidelined through injury since suffering a horror fall from Seal Of Approval in Doncaster's Park Hill Stakes at the St Leger meeting but is looking forward to being 100% fit for the start of the 2014 Flat Racing season next March. The James Fanshawe-trained filly went on to win Ascot's Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes on Champions Day, a result of which Turner had mixed feelings, telling skysports.com: " I was really pleased for George ( Baker ) on Champions Day because he is quite a close friend of mine and someone I go to for a bit of help. He'd never had a Group 1 winner and I have. He's a really good rider and having your first Group 1 winner is great. He could retire tomorrow and be happy.
" But at the same time, when she crossed the line I had a few minutes where I had a meltdown, but I got a grip and like me she's back next year. For a horse to have a fall like that and come back so soon is amazing - how tough is she? Next year she is going to be even better, but I am not going to tempt fate." The 30-year-old is finding it difficult coping with so much time on her hands, saying: " You go from getting up at 5.30 in the morning, riding work, getting breakfast, going racing and then on to another meeting, every day busy to then doing nothing. I'm trying to get my head around it. It's my way of life and all I know. Suddenly I've been thrown into the real world.
" That's the hardest thing for me. If someone said ' you are going to have that fall again ' I wouldn't be bothered physically - it didn't hurt - it's my family I would feel sorry for the most because they know what I am like when I am not working. They know how much I love racing and they have to entertain me." With the popular rider not expected to be back in the saddle until next year her family have a lot of entertaining to do in the months ahead!