Carlisle and Haydock double will be worth 20 grand again
Women jockeys will have another chance to earn £20,000 after Jockey Club Racecourses North West announced the return of its development award for female riders.
Emma Sayer was the first winner of the prize, which is designed to provide opportunities for personal development and professional support.
It will be awarded to a woman who rides a winner at Carlisle’s all-female fixture on August 7 and then goes on to win the Betfred Ladies’ Trophy Handicap at Haydock on August 12.
Sayer won it in 2016 and said: "The development award is a great initiative. It’s fantastic to see racecourses supporting both amateur and professional jockeys.
"Crossing the finish line was such a surreal feeling – I’ve never saluted when passing the winning post before, the adrenaline I had was a moment I’ll never forget!
"It would be fabulous to see another jockey win the award as it provides invaluable support to females within the sport. It has allowed me to buy a mechanical horse to prep for races, racing equipment, and I'm going to undertake trainer’s modules soon.”
Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Sam Quek MBE, a newly appointed JCRNW ambassador, supports the initiative.
She said: "Being a sportswoman myself, I know how beneficial and unique this opportunity to a female jockey is, and it's an award that could open many doors to young lady riders."
John Baker, regional director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: "We’re excited to provide this opportunity to a highly talented jockey for the second consecutive year.
"We look forward to seeing female jockeys compete for the £20,000 prize this summer and hope the award is a great step forward to supporting someone’s career in racing."