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Alice Plunkett to provide welcome address. Cheltenham Racecourse - Friday 9 December

Author: Tallulah Lewis/17 November 2016/Categories: In the News

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Women in Racing (WiR) will be hosting their Christmas celebration at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 9 December. 


WiR members and guests are all welcome to enjoy a day at the races at the home of jumps racing and the opportunity to meet and network in the luxury of private box.  Additionally, Alice Plunkett, committee director at Cheltenham Racecourse as well as renowned TV presenter will also provide the welcome address.  A silent auction will also feature to help raise funds for the WiR bursary fund.


Tickets for the Christmas Party at Cheltenham Racecourse include; Club enclosure race day ticket, welcome glass of Champagne and a light brunch, use of private facility all day, cash bar, networking and afternoon at the races.  Starting from 10.45am. Cost; WiR members - £45; WiR non-members - £55.  For more information and to book please visit 


This year Women in Racing, a non-for profit network supporting the careers of women working and involved in horseracing, has celebrated several milestones and will raise a toast to these at the Christmas Party on the 9th December, as well as look toward 2017 .


WiR 2016 Milestone’s


  • March - #Intherace campaign launched - a video promoting and highlighting the various roles filled by women on raceday
  • April - The second Grand Women’s summit hosted in partnership with Aintree Racecourse and Jockey Club Racecourses North West. Attended by 120 delegates and supported by key figures in sport including Judy Murray and Maggie Alphonsi MBE
  • May – WiR AGM - Sally Rowley-Williams who founded the network in 2009 stood down as chair after serving a full term. Racehorse owner and HR specialist Julie Deadman was appointed as the new chair.  Six new members were voted on to the 12 strong WiR committee
  • August - Launch of the first ever academic research into gender diversity in British Horseracing, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.  The research is funded via a grant from the Racing Foundation and findings for the research will be unveiled in early 2017.


Chair of Women in Racing Julie Deadman said:


“It’s been another year for progress for women in the sport. We were all delighted to see Josephine Gordon become Champion Apprentice Flat Jockey while also seeing some appointments of women in senior levels of the sport. We very much look forward to Oxford Brookes University publishing their research in 2017 in what promises to be another busy year for Women in Racing.” 

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