Sayer strikes it big and wins 20,000 development fund

Emma Sayer picks up a £20,000 development fund cheque

Sayer wins £20,000 development fund By Tony McFadden and Andrew Dietz 3:00PM 6 AUG 2016

EMMA SAYER registered the most significant victory of her career on Saturday as her win aboard I Am Not Here in the Betfred Haydock Park Ladies' Trophy Handicap secured the rider a £20,000 development fund.

With a prize fund of £20,000, the 1m4f contest was already the most valuable race in the calendar restricted to female riders. But it was worth even more to Sayer thanks to the development fund, which was the result of a Jockey Club Racecourses North West initiative.

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In order to win the £20,000 fund a jockey had to ride a winner on Carlisle's unique female riders card on Monday and then follow up with a win in Saturday's Ladies' Trophy Handicap at Haydock.

Drinks on Sayer

Sayer clearly knew the signficance of the win as she celebrated enthusiastically upon crossing the line on the 7-2 winner, who battled well to prevail by a length from outsider of the field Gabrial's King.

"I can't believe it, it's something else," a delighted Sayer said. "The horse jumped and travelled like a dream. Brian [Ellison] and the owners have been so good to me as I've been put on the best horse in the race. This is my last ride as an apprentice and I'll be going back as an amateur."

Asked what she'll do with the award, she added: "I think I'll have to buy everyone a drink first. There are lots of opportunities, including a working holiday, investing in some racing gear or covering the cost of the modules to get my training licence."

Rachel Richardson on Dance King, also 7-2, was the only other rider in Saturday's field eligible for the £20,000 fund but her mount disappointed and came home last of six.

Mark Pearson, representing race sponsors Betfred, said: "We are delighted to support this terrific initiative at our local track and congratulations to Emma Sayer."

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