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Southwell Racecourse to mark International Women’s Day with all-female card

An all-female racecard will be hosted at Southwell Racecourse to mark International Women’s Day.

The raceday ­— on Sunday, March 8 ­— will feature four flat and four jump races, restricted to female jockeys only.

Jockey Hayley Turner, who grew up close to Southwell Racecourse, said: “It’s great that Southwell are celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-female racecard.

Credit: Matthew Dickens/imagecomms
Credit: Matthew Dickens/imagecomms

“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 am 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 race day is being run in conjunction with the sport’s Diversity In Racing steering group, the BHA, Women In Racing and Great British Racing.

It follows a record-breaking year for females in racing, including jump jockey Bryony Frost becoming the first ever female jockey to win a Grade One race during the Cheltenham Festival and flat jockey Hollie Doyle break the record for most wins achieved in a calendar year by a female jockey. Hayley Turner, who has more than 840 wins to her name, became the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot in 32 years.

Executive director of Southwell Racecourse Mark Clayton said: “We are delighted to host this fixture in celebration of International Women’s Day and help to promote the role that women play across the racing industry, from jockeys to BHA, racecourse staff and beyond.”

As part of Women in Racing’s Racing Home programme, there will be a workshop ahead of racing to address the issues that are faced by working mothers in the racing industry.

A predominantly female team of BHA officials and racecourse executives will staff the day, in what will be a celebration of the achievements of women across British Racing.

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