A race meeting exclusively for female jockeys will be held in Britain next month.

Southwell racecourse will host an eight-race card featuring four flat and four jumps races to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.

Hayley Turner, who is from Southwell in the East Midlands, is set to ride at the meeting and described the all-female raceday as ‘great’.

“We ride against and at the same level as men so don’t think of ourselves as female jockeys, but this is a great way to celebrate the talented women in our sport,” Turner said in a statement.

“We are getting more and more recognition so this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase women in racing.”

The past 12 months have been significant for female riders in British racing, led by Turner becoming the first female to ride a winner at Royal Ascot in 32 years and Bryony Frost becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 race during the Cheltenham Festival.

Flat jockey Hollie Doyle also broke the record for most wins achieved in a calendar year by a female jockey.

“International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements and talents of women across the world, as well as to raise awareness of some of the unique challenges and inequalities they face,” Rose Grissell, British Horseracing Authority’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, said in a statement.

“There is no better way to celebrate the day than by providing further opportunities for female jockeys and showcasing their abilities through this fixture.

“Racing should be proud of the progress it has made. In the last twelve months alone, female jockeys broke down barriers and perceptions and in doing so put racing on the front pages of national papers.

“However, there is more to be done to ensure that they get the same opportunities as their male counterparts.”

WATCH: Hayley Turner win during Royal Ascot 2019

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