Female commentator under starter’s orders at Yarmouth

It was an action-packed meeting at the racecourse last week, with eight races on the card, writes Glenn Tubby.

Milton Bradley-trained The Tatling proved that age is nothing but a number by claiming victory in the East Coast Truckers Charity Handicap.

The 14-year-old horse first won at Yarmouth in 1999 and to see him still winning races here on his 170th start is a real credit to his breeding.

He was 7/2 favourite, showing that the bookies still have faith in him keeping up with the youngsters.

Mick Channon’s Arabian Star provided a boost for punters, coming home first in the Digibet.com Handicap, priced at 20/1.

But perhaps the biggest story of the afternoon was the outstanding performance from lady jockeys Hayley Turner and Kirsty Milczarek who won five of the eight races between them.

Horseracing is one of the only sports where women compete alongside men at the highest level and Hayley Turner in particular continues to prove that it is certainly a level playing field.

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They are sticking with the girl power theme at Yarmouth, with Ladies’ Night taking place on Tuesday, July 12. Ladies’ Night events are popular across the country and Yarmouth’s is no exception, with more than 4,000 people joining in last year.

This year there will be a Tom Jones tribute act entertaining the crowd after racing, while the PIMM’S and champagne will be flowing throughout the night in the dedicated enclosures and people can also indulge in some strawberries and cream.

On the night, BBC Radio newsreader Nicky Price will be commentating live on her very first race. There are currently no female racing commentators in the UK and Nicky was challenged live on air by breakfast show presenter Chris Goreham to give it a try. She’s been training with the likes of Clare Balding and John Hunt and meeting organisers are looking forward to handing her the lip mic.

It’s a busy weekend of racing ahead, with fixtures at Ascot, Newmarket, Chester and York, plenty to keep the adrenalin pumping until our next meeting at Yarmouth.

For information about racing at Yarmouth and to book tickets visit www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk