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Hayley Turner to face disciplinary panel over bets while still a jockey

• Hayley Turner, also an ITV pundit, has raced mostly in France this year
• Ban could be between three months and 10 years

Hayley Turner, Britain’s most successful female jockey and a familiar pundit on ITV’s racing coverage this year, faces the embarrassment of an appearance in front of the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel next Thursday after it emerged she placed regular bets with an online bookmaker over an 18-month period while still holding a jockey’s licence.

Turner announced in November 2015 she had decided to retire from race-riding at 32, having partnered nearly 800 winners including three at Group One or Grade One level. The decision of the French racing authorities to allow female jockeys to claim 2kg (4.5lb) in most of the country’s races from March 2017 prompted a rethink and Turner has been riding regularly in France in recent weeks after ITV Racing’s focus turned to the new jumps season.

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