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Watch: Cumbrian jockey looking forward to Ladies' Night

Emma Sayer has been Cumbria's top female jockey this season, winning three races.

She's racing at Ultimate Ladies' Night this evening, at Carlisle Racecourse, and our reporter Hannah McNulty went to meet her:

There's a lot of excitement building up to tonight, and I'm going to be in five races, so looking forward to that."

– Emma Sayer, jockey

I think it's been a great initiative for Carlisle, to really get behind the ladies of this sport, because it is a male dominated industry, so it's quite nice that the girls have one night that is special to them.

And I think everybody appreciates it, and the ladies of Carlisle have got behind it, and I'm sure everyone will have a great time."

– Diane Sayer, Emma's mother

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First Flat meeting of 2015 for Carlisle racecourse

Carlisle races Credit: ITV News Border

Carlisle will host it's first flat race fixture of the year this afternoon, along with a family fun day.

This year's theme is a Princess and Pirate Party, with activities like a treasure hunt and sandcastle competition on offer for the children.

Gates open at 11.30am and the first race begins at 1.30pm. The final race of the day is at 4.55pm.

"What a fantastic way to start our new Flat season, by hosting a family fun day on bank holiday.

"It's been eight months since we last hosted a Flat meeting and it's great to return with a double-bill of top class racing action and fun for the kids."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager, Carlisle Racecourse

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Race against time to see McCoy at Carlisle

AP McCoy in action at a previous meeting at Carlisle Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

AP McCoy will be in action at Carlisle Racecourse on Monday afternoon for what could be the last time in his career.

The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year announced earlier this month that this will be his last season before retiring, but he has not specified the date he will leave the sport.

McCoy, who has been champion for the last 19 years, has three rides at the city track's first fixture of 2015.

His career record of more than 4,000 wins includes 34 at Carlisle, and the Racecourse is hoping he will draw crowds.

"This is a rare - and possibly unique - chance to see the greatest ever jumps jockey in history in action again at our local track.

"It is also the first day of the school half-term holidays for many - and we hope lots of people can take the opportunity to come along and see one of the UK's greatest ever sporting champions close up in competitive action."

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager

Champion jockey at Carlisle Racecourse

Tony McCoy at The Guinness Galway Hurdle at the Galway Festival Credit: Pat Healy/PA

Large crowds are expected at Carlisle Racecourse today where one of the world's most successful jockeys is riding.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy will be riding in five races including on Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Holywell.

Tony McCoy in the bet 365 Hurdle Race during the Charlie Hall Chase day at Wetherby Racecourse. Credit: John Giles/PA

The day is the richest in the racecourse's calendar with prize money of £90,000.

Other jockeys racing today include Ryan Mania from Galashiels who won the Grand National in 2013.

Tony McCoy Credit: Nigel French/PA
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