There was a historic moment during last week’s Royal Ascot flat race meeting when Hayley Turner became only the second female jockey to ride a winner.
Hayley Turner won the Sandringham Stakes riding Thanks Be who is owned by Emma Capon and trained by Charlie Fellowes. It has been 32 years since Gay Kelleway became the first lady jockey to win at Royal Ascot riding Sparowston Boy. In 2016, Hayley received an OBE for her services to horse racing.
In an interview after the race Hayley stated “Thanks Be just sliced through the field easily. When a gap half comes and you’re going well, it makes it easier to take them. Only having eight stone on her back helped too”’
When asked about female jockeys, Hayley said “The standard is so high now and they all deserved to be here riding at Royal Ascot. The number of girls riding winners is rising and will only snowball”.
The leading jockey from the meeting was Frankie Dettori with 7 wins closely followed by Ryan Moore with 5 wins.