HAYLEY Turner, who retired from race riding at the end of the 2015 season, is to make a surprise one-off return to the saddle in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot.

Racing Post reports that the 33-year-old, Britain’s most successful female jockey, will take the place of Australian star Michelle Payne, who has been ruled out after suffering abdominal injuries in a recent fall.

Turner, who rode her last career winner as a member of the International Team in South Africa last year, has been coaxed back into the starting gates by the prospect of defending last year’s first-ever victory for the girls team at the annual riders’ competition.

The three-strong Ladies Team will be completed by Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson, the team captain, and Cathy Gannon, subject to her being fit following an injury.

They are set to line up against riders from Britain and Ireland, Europe, and the rest of the world on Saturday, August 6.