All-fe­male fix­ture to cel­e­brate Women’s Day

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - South­well

– The re­cent ex­ploits of Bry­ony Frost, Rachael Black­more and Hollie Doyle in the sad­dle have helped shine a light on the wealth of fe­male tal­ent in the weigh­ing room and next month South­well will stage a card ded­i­cated to fe­male riders as part of In­ter­na­tional Women's Day.

The eight-race meet­ing will take place on Sun­day, 8 March and will be a mixed card with four Flat and four jumps races re­stricted to fe­male jock­eys only.

As well as Frost's Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val vic­tory on Frodon and

Doyle's record-break­ing 2019 when she achieved the most wins by a fe­male jockey in a cal­en­dar year, Hay­ley Turner made head­lines with vic­tory at Royal As­cot.

Turner part­nered Thanks Be to vic­tory in the San­dring­ham, be­com­ing only the sec­ond fe­male jockey to tri­umph at the meet­ing fol­low­ing Gay Kelle­way's vic­tory in 1987.

Turner, who grew up close to the track, said: "It's great that South­well is cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Women's Day with an allfe­male race card.

"We ride against and at the same level as men so don't think of our­selves as fe­male jock­eys, but this is a great way to cel­e­brate the tal­ented women in our sport. We are get­ting more and more recog­ni­tion, so this is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case women in rac­ing.

"I'm from South­well and went to school at South­well Min­ster so it's great to have a day's rac­ing like this close to home."

The meet­ing will be run in con­junc­tion with the sport’s Di­ver­sity in Rac­ing Steer­ing Group, the

BHA, Women in Rac­ing and Great Bri­tish Rac­ing.

Rose Gris­sell, BHA head of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, said: "In­ter­na­tional Women's Day is a day to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments and tal­ents of women across the world, as well as to raise aware­ness of some of the unique chal­lenges and in­equal­i­ties they face. There is no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the day than by pro­vid­ing fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties for fe­male jock­eys and show­cas­ing their abil­i­ties through this fix­ture." – Racingpost.com

HAY­LEY TURNER

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