Only a few days left to nominate your inspirational lady

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Know an inspirational lady? Well there are just a few days left to nominate her for special VIP treatment at Carlisle's most gloriously stylish sporting event of the year.

The News & Star has teamed up with Carlisle Racecourse to offer an incredible prize to north and west Cumbria's "most amazing and inspirational lady" - by having a race named in her honour at the upcoming #AmazingMonday meeting.

The event, on August 7, is the world's only all-female jockey race meeting and is a wonderful celebration of inspirational women in sport.

This special female could be an unsung hero, a volunteer, a carer, someone who goes the extra mile for their loved ones and community, a youngster who has overcome the odds or whose dedication has seen them reach the top of their sport – in short, someone whose Amazing acts Inspire others.

We want to hear from you about the many inspirational things done by ladies young and old in in the area by nominating them for this top prize.

A panel of judges – made up of Carlisle Racecourse general manager Geraldine McKay, Olympic Gold Medallist and #AmazingMonday ambassador Sam Quek and News & Star news editor Emily Parsons – will pick one special lady to have a race named in her honour.

Together with the race being named in their honour, the Amazing and Inspirational Lady will be treated to a VIP Day at the races with three guests.

The #AmazingMonday meeting - and its focus as a celebration of women - fell under the national spotlight as a development fund for female jockey, linked to the big race day, was launched.

Any jockey who rides a winner at #AmazingMonday and then goes on to triumph in the Betfred Ladies’ Trophy Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park five days later – will win £20,000 and the Jockey Club North West’s special Development Award for female jockeys.

The Development Award – launched at #AmazingMonday last year – was won for the first time by Cumbria’s very own Emma Sayer, 25, from Hackthorpe, near Penrith.

The award was set up to help up-and-coming female talent in the sport.

Emma said the award and funding has had a huge impact on her life.

"It's wonderful that they came up with the initiative in the place," she said. "In the short-term it has allowed me to put some money into equipment, training gear and a mechanical horse to help me with my fitness.

"As an amateur you don't get paid so when you go to a race it costs you money but now I don't have to worry as much about that."

Emma, whose day job is as a PE teacher at Ullswater Community College in Penrith, said the development fund has also allowed her look longer term at her career and start her horse training modules.

She also loves the idea of naming a race after an inspirational lady.

"They are constantly looking to promote women, it's a fantastic idea," she added.

"All the jockeys will appreciate them being there and will be an inspiration to them and will enjoy listening to their story."

Along with the high fashion and fun in the paddock the event also features a post-race party hosted by Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.

You can nominate your inspirational lady - giving us their details and why they are so special - here. The closing date is Friday.

Tickets for #AmazingMonday can be bought now by either calling 0344 579 3002 or by going online at carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk

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