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Female Jockeys Ride The Card At Carlisle

Wednesday, 8th August 2012

Carlisle Racecourse has embraced equal opportunity in the workplace with an innovative race card on Monday night "restricted to female jockeys" reports guardian.co.uk. "I've been riding for 11 years and, even in that time, I think things have got better for female jockeys," noted [jockey] Kelly Harrison. She added, "You still get plenty of times when a trainer might say, 'It's not a girl's ride,' and you get a bit sick of that, but there are some great girl jockeys around and people are increasingly willing to give you a chance." The event is the brainchild of ex Carlisle manager John Baker who "praised the British Horseracing Authority for signing up to it." He noted, "They took a little bit of persuading, but to get 10,000 in for a Monday night meeting, as we did in the first year, has got to be seen as a success." Ex jockey and now "local trainer" Dianne Sayer backed the meeting solidly with nine runners. She suggested, "Racing has come a long way since I was riding and it is easier for girls to compete on level terms, but it is still absolutely a man's world and it's great for [female jockeys] to have opportunities to show what they can do. We're not in racing for the money, we do it for the love of the sport. It's a great initiative."

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