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Wednesday is Ladies Day at Cheltenham for a Reason


As Bryony Frost prepares to do the steering on Black Corton in tomorrow’s RSA Chase, the west country rider may be inspired to see that Wednesday, officially Ladies Day, has been the happiest hunting ground for female jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival.

Since the Festival was extended to four days from three, a sizeable 42% of wins and places ridden by female jockeys have come on Ladies Day.

Day1st2nd3rdTotal Win and Place
Tuesday 2 1 1 4
Wednesday 5 2 2 9
Thursday 1 2 2 5
Friday 4 3 1 8

*Record of female jockeys by day since 2005

In addition, female jockeys seem to be enjoying a purple patch in the jumps racing sphere at the moment. Spear-headed by Frost, female riders go into this year’s meeting off the back of recording a Festival best three winners in 2017, while Frost herself has won a further four graded races since her victory in last year’s Foxhunter Chase.

Friday plays host to the Foxhunter Chase, a race won by Frost on Pacha Du Polder last year and is responsible for 33% of the wins and places for female riders since 2005.

Holding only an 8% share,’s study suggests Thursday is the toughest day for female riders to get on the board at the Festival.

Nina Carberry is Cheltenham’s most successful female jockey with seven wins, followed by Katie Walsh on two.

Gina Andrews, Lisa O’Neill and Frost all have one Festival win each to their name, with the latter hoping Ladies Day will bring about another success when she rides Black Corton.

Wednesday is Ladies Day at Cheltenham for a Reason