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The Silk Series was launched by Arena Racing Company in 2017 as a new race series specifically for female jockeys. The £150,000 series enters it's third year in 2019 with featured races on Ladies Days across fifteen racecourses from May to September. The champion will be crowned on Ladies’ Day at the St Leger Festival at Doncaster in front of a crowd of 15,000 racegoers.
The leading female jockey at the end of The Silk Series will be awarded ‘The Tufnell Trophy’ in memory of Meriel Tufnell MBE who was Great Britain’s first Female Champion Jockey in 1972, a feat she repeated in 1973 along with also becoming European Female Champion Jockey.
In addition to her success on the racecourse she also founded the Lady Jockeys’ Association – the first such body in the world.