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Embarrassed Turner faces BHA hearing over bets

By Chris Wilson

Hayley Turner has expressed her regret after a "mistake" concerning the opening of an internet betting account left her facing a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing on December 14.

Britain's most successful woman jockey retired from the saddle at the end of 2015 and, after initially establishing a media career, Turner recently opted to return to race riding in France.

However, Turner's decision to open an account following her retirement prompted a BHA inquiry as she technically still held a licence, leaving the rider in breach of the rules and "deeply embarrassed" by the situation.

Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said in a statement: "Even though she was officially retired, Hayley subsequently took part in a number of one-off, invitational events and had some warm-up rides to prepare for them, and held a licence from the BHA enabling her to take part in those events.

"Even though Hayley no longer saw herself as a jockey, and placed no bets whilst actively riding, she did place bets whilst holding a licence which technically placed her in breach of the Rules of Racing.

"There were a total of 164 such bets over 18 months, with a median average stake of £10 and a mean average stake of £18.62, which generated a total profit of £160.

"Hayley has co-operated fully and has been transparent and honest throughout. The BHA has confirmed to Hayley's representatives that beyond the Rule breaches themselves, it has no further integrity concerns over the bets or Hayley herself.

"Hayley is absolutely devastated at her mistake and deeply embarrassed and sorry for it."

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