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VRC Celebrates Contribution Of Women In Racing

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

A new exhibition highlighting the extraordinary women working behind the scenes of the Australian horse racing industry has been launched in Melbourne. The exhibition features stunning portraits of nine women at work as they prepare for the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photographer Martin Reddy captured the dedication of these inspiring women including raceday judge Natashia Radford, Clerk of the Course Remi Gray, saddler Sophie Clark, equine veterinarian Emma Wood, farrier Natasha May-Keas, cadet stipendiary stewards Samantha Davison, Stella Stevenson, Kirstie Vanderziel and stable manager and broadcaster Lizzie Jelfs. Victoria Racing Club Executive General Manager Customer Engagement Caroline Ralphsmith said the exhibition was a tribute to the women who have dedicated their lives to the racing industry. "Thoroughbred racing in the modern era is changing, with a growing number of women breaking the mould and getting involved across the industry at every level," Ms Ralphsmith said. "Over recent years both Michelle Payne and Gai Waterhouse have etched their names into the record books with their respective Melbourne Cup triumphs but behind these highly publicised female faces, racing is teeming with women connected by a love of horses and the sport that makes their job not just work but a passion." Curated by Tanya Williams, the Victoria Racing Club's Art and Heritage Curator, the free exhibition is on show in Sofi's Lounge at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins daily from 9am until 5pm until Sunday, 27 November.

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