Emma Sayer wins the £20,000 development award

Emma Sayer won the 2.35pm Betfred Haydock Park Ladies’ Trophy Handicap Stakes on the 7-2 Brian Ellison trained ‘I Am Not Here’ securing the £20,000 development award over Rachel Richardson.

Sayer and Richardson were battling it out to win the prize fund today after securing winners at Carlisle’s unique female only card on Monday (August 1).

(In an interview with the Racing Post) Winning lady jockey, Emma Sayer, said: “I can’t believe it, it’s something else! The horse travelled like a dream. Brian (Ellison) and the owners have been so good to me as I’ve been put on the best horse in the race. This is my last ride as an apprentice and I’ll be going back as an amateur.”

“I think I’ll have to buy everyone a drink first. There are lots of opportunities including a working holiday, investing in some racing gear or covering the cost of the modules to get my training licence.”

Mark Pearson, representative of Betfred, said: “We are delighted to support this terrific initiative at our local track and congratulations to Emma Sayer.”

Jockey Club Racecourses North West offered the bespoke award to provide an opportunity for personal development to support individual requirements for female jockeys, which could take the form of extra tuition or course fees, and will be dictated by the winning jockey.

The development award and the new female-only Ladies Trophy at Haydock are two new exciting initiatives by Jockey Club Racecourses NW to raise the profile of women in racing and which will complement the esteemed female-only raceday at Carlisle Racecourse in August.

John Baker, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, commented: “It was a superb race and the competition between the ladies was even higher with the prize on offer. A huge congratulations to Emma for taking the win and beating a fantastic jockey, Rachel Richardson.”

“We look forward to speaking to Emma about how she will be spending the development award and support her in the future.”

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