Following wins at Brighton and Bath Racecourses, Megan Nicholls is the inaugural winner of The Silk Series, with a third-place finish at Doncaster Racecourse.
Riding Richard Fahey’s PADDY POWER, Megan scored 12 points to put herself clear at the top of The Silk Series leaderboard on 60 points ahead of Nicola Currie in second on 40. Winning the DFS Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap at Doncaster on BUCCANEERS VAULT, Georgia Cox finished The Silk Series in third place on 38.
The new series of races, worth a total of £100,000, has taken place over the summer at nine Arena Racing Company (‘ARC’) Ladies’ Days, with the aim of celebrating and championing the achievements of female jockeys in Britain. A total of over thirty jockeys took part in The Silk Series at some point over the summer.
In addition to the races, the Silk Series has been raising funds and awareness on Cancer Research UK, with 75 pence from each ticket sold to the nine fixtures donated to CRUK. Official betting partner, bet365 have been promoting The Silk Series to their followers on social media to help build awareness of the races.
For winning The Silk Series, Megan received The Tufnell Trophy from Wynne Tufnell. The trophy is named in honour of Meriel Tufnell who was the first woman to ride a winner under the rules of racing, at Kempton Park in 1972, and Wynne Tufnell’s sister. Megan received the trophy, designed and kindly donated by Inkerman, along with an original piece by equestrian artist Jane Braithwaite, that featured the jockeys at the top of The Silk Series table.
On winning The Silk Series, Megan Nicholls commented,
"I’m delighted to have won The Silk Series, and am really grateful for the opportunity to get such a good ride today. It was pretty close coming into the race, with a few of us able to win, so it was a relief at the finish line! The Silk Series has been a brilliant initiative this summer and given the ladies plenty of opportunities to ride for some new trainers in front of big crowds.”