Ascot and Chester racecourses have agreed to host races from the third series of The Silk Series in 2019, with the first race taking place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday.
The £150,000 series of races for female jockeys aims to promote the achievements of both amateur and professional female jockeys across Britain. Jockeys take part in a series of fifteen races across summer to compete for points.
The races will take place at nine ARC racecourses, including Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh and York Racecourses alongside Chester and Ascot.
ARC’s Group Director of Partnerships, David Leyden Dunbar said, “It was fantastic to collaborate with our partner racecourses outside of our group in 2018 and this year’s further expansion of The Silk Series represents a real opportunity for the racing community to work in partnership to celebrate the achievements of female jockeys”.
The races are set to be supported by official betting partner, bet365, with Sky Sports Racing presenter Hayley Moore set to offer race insights and tips ahead of each stage of the competition. Moore will also be offered a £100 charity bet for each race from bet365, with all of the proceeds to be donated to Cancer Research UK.
The Silk Series will be continuing its support of Cancer Research UK in the third edition of the competition, having previously raised in excess of £52,000 last year.
The Final will take place at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday 12 September where the overall Champion will receive the Tufnell Trophy. The trophy is named in honour of Meriel Tufnell, the first woman to ride a winner under rules in Britain when winning the Goya Stakes at Kempton Park in 1972.