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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


Racecourse pulls in the crowds

Carlisle Racecourse Credit: ITV Border

Crowds at Carlisle Racecourse have risen by nearly 25 per cent during the first six months of the year.

A total of 19,323 spectators attended fixtures at the city track from February to the end of June (there is no racing at Carlisle in January). That is an increase of 3,711 on the same number of meetings over the same period in 2014.

The biggest single increase was recorded at the Easter Saturday family fun day on April 4 which drew a crowd of 4,636 compared to 3,068 12 months earlier.

Last year's January to June total of 15,612 covered 11 meetings, including one in February which was called off because of bad weather. This year's figures also included one abandonment in February - but crowds were up at eight of the subsequent nine fixtures.

"We're absolutely delighted with the increase in our attendances for the first six months of the year. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us by coming along to our race meetings so far in 2015. "More and more people are discovering what a great day out it is at the races here at Carlisle. We have superb, modern facilities and the standard of both jumps and flat racing is continuing to rise as we attract increasing numbers of top trainers, owners and jockeys."

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager

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


Jump racing returns to Carlisle

It's been five months since the last jumps meeting in May Credit: ITV Border

Jump racing returns to Carlisle Racecourse today, after a five-month break.

Some of Britain's top jockeys are competing, including Jason Maguire, who won the Grand National in 2011.

67 horses will be running, and the first race is at 2:10pm, with the final race at 5:20pm.

Rising female amateur jockey

Life as a jockey is full of highs and lows, the thrill of victory coming at the cost of a life of rigid diets and regular falls. But one young hopeful from Cumbria is making waves in one of the toughest of sports.

An amateur champion by twenty one, Emma Sayer has now become the first woman to win a coveted award for her horsemanship.

Ryan Dollard went to meet her.

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