Britain’s leading female jockey, Hayley Turner, returns to action at Ascot today after winning her appeal against the British Horseracing Authority’s 12-month suspension for medical reasons.
Turner suffered a bad fall on the gallops in Newmarket in March, causing her a variety of injuries and memory loss.
The BHA’s chief medical advisor, Dr Michael Turner, decided not to let her raceride for a year but the jockey, backed by trainer and Horse & Hound columnist Michael Bell and her neurosurgeon, appealed the ban.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I can’t wait to get back in the saddle and I am very grateful to Dr Peter Kirkpatrick, my neurosurgeon, for all his help and support in a difficult time.”
Hayley’s comeback ride will be on Michael Bell’s Prompter in the 3.35pm at Ascot, and she also rides Great Charm for Bell in the 4.10pm.