Hayley Turner handed three-month riding ban following breach of betting rules

Hayley Turner has been suspended from riding for three months after the opening of an internet betting account saw her charged by the British Horseracing Authority with a breach of the rules governing betting by jockeys.

Britain's most successful woman jockey officially retired from the saddle at the end of the 2015 turf season and after initially establishing a media career with At The Races and ITV Racing, Turner recently opted to return to race riding in France.

However, Turner's decision to open an online account following her initial retirement prompted a BHA inquiry as she technically still held a licence, leaving the rider in breach of the rules.

She was said to be "absolutely devastated at her mistake" and "deeply embarrassed" by the situation when charges were announced earlier this month.

The ban takes immediate effect, although Turner is not disqualified, meaning she can still visit and work on racecourses and other licensed premises.

GGG Comment:

I for one am glad to see common sense being used. It was hardly the crime of the century and she only showed a profit of £160 off of 164 bets over 18 months which as I said when the story broke suggests she wasn't using privileged insider information!