Hayley Turner to be part of Channel 4 Racing team at Chester

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  • Leading female jockey Hayley Turner will be back at the racecourse today (Wednesday 6 May) — as part of Channel 4 Racing’s team.

    Hayley will be working alongside Jim McGrath and John Francome in her new role as paddock-side commentator during the 3-day Chester May meeting — which starts today.

    Denise Large, programme director of Channel 4 Racing, said: “We value Hayley’s professional views on horses and are very pleased to have her on board and part of the team for the three-day Chester meeting.”

    Earlier this week Hayley announced she will be lodging an appeal against her one year suspension from racing.

    Last month she was stood down for a year by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after a fall at Newmarket gallops on 3 March left her with head injuries and memory loss.

    But she has recovered well saying: ““I’m feeling fine — I can’t see or feel my injuries so it’s very frustrating”.

    Doctors have now permitted her to ride work and she has been riding out for the past two weeks for Newmarket trainer and H&H columnist Michael Bell.

    “She’s incredibly frustrated as she feels so well — she’s determined to ride as soon as she’s given the all clear,” he said.

    She will make her appeal to a medical panel chaired by Prof David Silk alongside a member of the licensing committee and an independent medical expert.

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