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New £100,000 Female Race Series to Award ‘The Tufnell Trophy’ in Memory of Meriel Tufnell MBE

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(ARC) Arena Racing Company is launching a brand new Silk Series for female jockeys to participate in nine races that will raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Alongside a minimum of £100,000 prize fund, the leading jockey will be awarded The Tufnell Trophy in memory of Great Britain’s first Female Champion Jockey, Meriel Tufnell MBE. Tufnell, who died of cancer age 53 in 2002, made history when she won the first ever ladies’ flat race; going on to become the first female to win a race under the Jockey Club Rules in 1972. An accumulation of points will be awarded to the jockeys for placings and wins. The female with the most points will then be awarded the trophy.

As a tribute to Tufnell and her success, the ARC’s Ladies Day series will provide a platform for professional and amateur female jockeys to showcase their talents as well as raise money for a recognised charity. For each ticket that is sold approximately 75 pence will be donated to Cancer Research UK that is renowned for its research for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Wynne Tufnell Mariel’s brother said: "Meriel would be delighted to know that her name and memory is to be linked with The Silk Series. She was a pioneer in everything she did and she would welcome the new opportunities this initiative provides for female jockeys. As her family we look forward to presenting the winning female jockey with The Tufnell Trophy next September."

The series is seeking to provide a new innovative way of promoting female racing and will run over a variety of distances. The first race is set to start on Friday 12th May at Lingfield Park and will conclude in Doncaster on Thursday 14th of September.

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