Leading female jockey Turner named as Goodwood racecourse ambassador

Hayley Turner, pictured at Goodwood in 2012  Picture by Malcolm Wells 121822-9850
Hayley Turner, pictured at Goodwood in 2012 Picture by Malcolm Wells 121822-9850

HAYLEY TURNER, the UK’S leading female jockey, has become the official Racing Ambassador for Goodwood racecourse for 2013.

She was William Hill’s Sportswoman of the Year 2011, Jaguar’s Most Influential Sportswoman of the Year 2011 and Glamour Magazine’s Sportswoman of the Year 2012,

And now Turner, who had three wins at Goodwood last year, is looking forward to informing racing fans about the events in which she is participating as well as commenting on fixtures and other events at Goodwood throughout the season.

She will also be sharing her top tips for every race in the Goodwood race-card.

Turner is particularly looking forward to her involvement in this year’s Magnolia Cup celebrity ladies’ race during Glorious, in which she will be helping the female celebrity/women in business riders in their training during the build-up to the charity race on Ladies’ Day.

Having celebrated her first win at Goodwood in 2008, the same year she became the first female jockey to ride 100 UK Flat winners during a calendar year, Turner has become a recognisable presence at Goodwood ever since.

“To be an ambassador for Goodwood racecourse is a great honour for me”, she said. “I always love riding here, it is such a unique track and is one of the most beautiful courses that I have ridden at around the world.

“It will be fun for me to be sharing my passions with others at some of my favourite sporting fixtures – the May Festival, Glorious Goodwood and the August Bank Holiday meeting.”

Adam Waterworth, MD of Goodwood Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hayley this season. She is such a fantastic ambassador for the sport in general, having achieved so much in her career and we look forward to seeing more of her.”

See a preview of the opening Goodwood fixture - and Adam Waterworth’s Diary from the Downs - in the Observer, out on Thursday