SIX jockeys have their eyes on a £20,000 prize for this year's Jockey Club Racecourses North West (JCRNW) Development Award.

Last year saw the inauguration of the development award, a £20,000 prize designed to provide an opportunity for personal development and professional support for female jockeys in their racing career.

On the night, Wirral's Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek spoke to the rising stars including sisters, Abbie and Ella McCain.

After her second win at the Cumbrian Track in recent weeks this time in the 4year old+ Handicap Stakes, 16-year-old Ella McCain said: “I can’t wait, let’s hope I can get a ride in the Ladies Trophy Handicap Stakes race on Saturday, it really would be great to have a chance of winning the award.”

Her sister, Abbie McCain who also had a winner in the last Handicap of the night, said: “It would be amazing to be in for a chance on Saturday - I’m only 17 and just starting out so something like the Development Award would be massive help to further my riding career”

Other jockeys eligible for the award is last year’s runner up and double winner at #AmazingMonday on Monday evening, Rachel Richardson, who was pipped to the post by eventual winner Emma Sayer last year; Kelly Adams, who had her first ever ride and career win last night; as well as Faye McManoman and Jane Elliott.

Richardson said: “The Development Award is a fantastic prize. You are at the top for this one, and for everyone competing there’s every chance to win that big prize.

“I love riding at Carlisle, I’ve had a few winners there and it’s one of my favourite tracks.

"And I can say the same about Haydock because I won the Apprentice Training Series there.”

“I would love to go away to America to learn some more. There’s a lot you can learn, particularly for the flat with your timings, and I’d like to improve myself.”

The final stage of the Development Award will be staged at Haydock Park on Saturday, August 12 at 1.55pm in the Betfred Ladies Trophy Handicap Stakes race.

This year Wirral's golden girl Sam has been appointed as JCRNW ambassador to support the female jockey initiative and drive the campaign of supporting women within the sport forward.

Sam said: “It not only takes talent and commitment to get to the top of any sport, but also vital support and this is what this Development Award offers.

"It is a great incentive for female jockeys and that prize can help them in so many ways reach their full potential.”

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