Jockey saddled with driving ban
A YOUNG jockey will lose rides long after her totting-up driving ban has expired, her solicitor told a court. Hayley Turner, of Willow Crescent, Newmarket, was banned for six months by Huntingdonshire magistrates just two days after her 23rd birthday af
A YOUNG jockey will lose rides long after her "totting-up" driving ban has expired, her solicitor told a court.Hayley Turner, of Willow Crescent, Newmarket, was banned for six months by Huntingdonshire magistrates just two days after her 23rd birthday after accumulating 13 penalty points on her licence.The Bench was not impressed by her plea that a ban would cause her exceptional hardship.Turner admitted speeding on the northbound A1(M) and was awarded a further four penalty points to add to the nine already on her licence for an earlier speeding offence and driving without insurance. She was also fined £140 and ordered to pay £35 costs.John Goodier, prosecuting, said she had been followed by police at speeds between 85mph and 95mph in her Peugeot 206 car.Turner told the court that she covered 50,000 miles a year for work.As well as competing in afternoon races, she would "ride out" twice a week, unpaid, on horses at Lambourn, Berkshire, in exchange for paid competitive rides from which she derived her income.She added that she would have been riding at Wolverhampton on the afternoon of the court hearing, and that having to beg lifts from fellow jockeys would make her unreliable and unattractive to trainers.