Hayley Turner reveals French riding plans

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Hayley Turner will add an exciting new dimension to her riding career by relocating to France during the winter.

Britain's most successful female Flat jockey retired from the saddle in 2015, but she has since made fleeting comebacks and still rides out on a regular basis.

Turner works as an analyst for ITV Racing during the summer, but once the Flat season is over, Turner intends to become established in France, where she can take advantage of a female jockeys' allowance in all races.

She told ITV Racing: "I'm continuing to do my ITV work until the end of the season, but between now and then I'm going to to and fro to France a bit.

"If I ride over there I can claim two kilos for any horse in any race.

"I've got a pretty blank winter lined up and I thought I'd maybe head over there and ride.

"I might come and go between now and the end of October but then base myself over there for the winter.

"I'm lucky enough to have Herve Naggar, who is an agent over there. He does the top lads and he's going to take me on – he hasn't got any light jockeys or girls on his books, so that'll be handy.

"I'll probably ride out a little bit for Francis Graffard, who I've ridden out for a little bit already – I'll base myself with him and then whoever wants me, really.

"I'm really excited. I like having something to get my teeth stuck in to."

Naggar expects Turner to be given "many opportunities" in France.

He told Press Association Sport: "We spoke several times about this last month and now it is happening it is very exciting.

"She will come over to France once in while when she is working for TV and then she will be based in Chantilly during the winter.

"She is one of the best female jockeys in Europe and because of the allowance she gets in our races, I think she will be given many opportunities.

"I'm very delighted to have her on my team."

Turner admits the lure of being able to claim in all French races was the defining factor behind the decision.

She said: "I retired over here because I'd had enough of the travelling and the prize-money is not all that – particularly in the winter.

"If I can claim 4.4lb off some lads who probably haven't had as many winners as me, it's a no-brainer."

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