£20,000 payday for Emma Sayer
Emma Sayer is set for a change in career direction after winning a new £20,000 bonus for female jockeys in the Betfred Haydock Ladies' Trophy.
I Am Not Here and Emma Sayer (centre) win the Betfred Haydock Park Ladies Trophy.
Sayer was one of two riders taking part in the contest qualified to try and win the new bonus, designed by Jockey Club Racecourses to help a rider advance her career if able to win this race and one of the events restricted to female jockeys at Carlisle's special Ladies' Night fixture last Monday.
Having scored at that Carlisle meeting, Sayer needed to follow up here to claim the cash and it was no surprise the rider punched the air with joy after bringing the well-backed Brian Ellison runner I Am Not Here from off the pace to beat Gabrial's King (9/1) by a snug length.
Sayer, for whom this was a fifth success since becoming an apprentice rider. had revealed before the race that she has been offered a job as PE teacher in a secondary school and now plans to return to the amateur ranks.
"I can't believe it. Brian (Ellison) has been so good to me and probably put me on the best horse in the race," she said.
"I don't know what I'll spend the money on yet. A working holiday would be good, or maybe invest in some more racing gear or I'll possibly look to pay for my trainer's licence courses.
"This is my last ride as an apprentice. I'm going back to the amateur ranks after this as soon as my licence comes through."
As for the race itself, it could not have gone better for Sayer. "They went a good gallop and he travelled like a dream," she said. "I thought the leaders were going to get away but he picked up well in the final furlong."
John Baker, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, commented: "It was a superb race and the competition between the ladies was even higher with the prize on offer. A huge congratulations to Emma for taking the win and beating a fantastic jockey, Rachel Richardson.
"We look forward to speaking to Emma about how she will be spending the development award and supporting her in the future."