A crowd of 6,000 descended to Carlisle Racecourse’s Girls Only Jockeys event on Monday 4th August: The Ultimate Ladies Night. The fixture is unique as it’s the only in the world where all races are confined to female jockeys.
The long journey from Newmarket for the UK’s leading lady jockey, Hayley Turner paid off when she scored her 700th domestic career winner riding the Tony Newcombe trained, My Meteor in the third race. Turner became the first British lady jockey to win a Group 1 race outright in 2011 as well as being the first woman jockey to ride 100 Flat winners in a calendar year in 2008.
Hayley said: “I’m thrilled I was able to achieve this personal milestone at this fixture. There’s a fantastic atmosphere tonight, the girls in the weighing room are buzzing. There’s a lot of talent amongst my female colleagues and this fixture provides a great opportunity for lady jockeys.”
Anna Hesketh, apprentice jockey to David Nicholls, also gained her first double on the night on board Rasselas in the second race and Bajan Bear in the fourth, both trained by her boss, Nicholls.
Also on the card was the 18th leg of the Longines World Fegentri Championships for Lady amateur riders. Spain’s Christina Buesa took the honours riding Midnight Warrior trained by Ron Barr. The Championships feature leading international amateur jockeys representing seven countries and culminates with the finale in Mauritius in December.
Geraldine McKay, General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse commented: “A fabulous night to enjoy racing and a social event, and it was particularly pleasing to welcome Hayley and to witness her outstanding achievement of 700 career wins.”
Wet, Wet, Wet brought the curtain down on the evening entertaining racegoers with their hits with a live performance after racing.
Visit www.carlisle-races.co.uk or call 0844 579 3002 for more information.
Photography credit: John Grossick. Image Captions: Top – Hayley Turner riding My Meteor hits 700 career winners at Carlisle Racecourse’s Ultimate Ladies Night on Monday 4th August; Middle – Lady jockeys took centre stage.