Hayley Turner: was caught for thirdPICTURE: John Hoy
Turner given ten-day ban by Lingfield stewards
HAYLEY TURNER was given a ten-day ban by the Lingfield stewards on Friday afternoon after she was found guilty of failing to ride out for third place in the 1m2f maiden.
Turner was on board the Ralph Beckett-trained 6-4 favourite Singular Quest who was caught in the final strides by Prussian Blue, missing out on third place by a nose in a tight four-way finish.
The stewards held an enquiry to consider why Turner appeared to stop riding shortly before the winning post. Having heard her evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found her in breach of Rule (B)220.127.116.11 and guilty of failing to ride out on a horse that would have finished third.
Turner said: "I deserved it. I've never done it before in all my years riding, but it was human error and I hold my hands up.
"I didn't ease up though. I mistook the winning line. When I stopped riding I thought it was the winning line. I can't argue with the punishment."
She was suspended for February 13-14, 16-21 and 23-24 inclusive.