Women jockey’s shine at Carlisle
During a month where women’s sport is in the spotlight with the Women’s Football World Cup in July, the Women’s Ashes currently being played and the Women’s FA Cup final last Saturday, another unique sporting fixture took place at Carlisle Racecourse on Monday Night; The Ultimate Ladies Night. The event is unique as it’s the only in the world where all races are confined to female jockeys
The UK’s most successful female flat jockey, Hayley Turner ensured her journey from Newmarket to Carlisle paid off when securing herself a winner riding Iftikaar in the second race at the Cumbria’s track. She also walked away with the Durdar Cup scoring the most points (28) across the seven race card. Turner became the first British lady jockey to win a Group 1 race out right and the event also delivered Turner her 700th career winner last year riding My Meteor.
Hayley Turner, who rode Iftkaar for trainer Philip Kirby, said:
“I’m very happy with that, it’s made the journey from Newmarket worthwhile. It’s not only great to do something out of our normal routine it’s also good for the racegoers to experience something different, anything to give an added value to visitors is a positive for racing. There’s a really good atmosphere in the weighing room tonight, there’s been plenty of jokes amongst us!”
Sammy Jo Bell edged closer to challenge the apprentice championship when taking the sixth race in a fantastic finish. Riding Silver Rime for trainer Linda Perrett the pair were winning the race for the second consecutive year. This gave Sammy her 18th winner of the flat season, four behind Cam Hardie who leads the apprentice title with 22.
In anticipation of the lighter riding weights Carlisle Racecourse shipped in 15 stone of extra lead from its sister track Haydock Park as well as converting its male jockey changing room to accommodate the 32 female jockeys riding at the fixture, the only time this happens at a racecourse. Carlisle also fully embraced the women’s theme with all horses sporting pink number clothes.
Geraldine McKay, General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse added; “We are delighted with tonight there’s a fantastic atmosphere, it’s really buzzing. This fixture offers the ladies and men of Carlisle the chance to enjoy a cracking night’s racing and also provides an excellent opportunity for women jockeys to gain valuable race riding experience and showcase their talent”.
For more information visit: www.carlisle-races.co.uk