The leading contenders for the 2018 Silk Series

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The Silk Series was launched by Arena Racing Company in 2017 as a new race series specifically for female jockeys.

2018 will see the Series boast more races than ever following the introduction of race days at York, Hamilton Park, Musselborough and Goodwood. The fixtures run from 2nd June to 13th September.

Given the memorable performances from Jumps racing’s leading ladies at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, what better time to look ahead and attempt to acknowledge this year’s leading contenders for the Tuffnell Trophy.

Named in memory of Meriel Tufnell MBE, best known for becoming the first European Female Champion Jockey in the 1972/73 seasons and later founding the Lady Jockeys’ Association – the first such body in the world.

Hollie Doyle

Jockey Hollie Doyle, who passed the landmark of 100 career wins in January 2018, will once again act as an ambassador for The Silk Series.

She has every chance of success this year as she continues to make a name for herself. Doyle has found herself a bounty of rides this season in comparison to many of her rivals, having saddled 99 rides (as of 19th March) for a variety of different trainers.

Megan Nicholls

Last year’s defending champion Megan Nicholls, daughter of prolific Jumps trainer Paul has had a steady start to 2018, converting one of her four rides to date on board Cliffs Of Dover.

Given her connections she will likely have an attractive book of rides to take forward into the summer and could well be a contender to repeat the feat this year.

Josephine Gordon

The most established lady jockey of our line-up is undoubtedly Josephine Gordon.

The 2016 Stobart Champion Apprentice, transitioned into the professional ranks last year with apparent ease. Her thirst for work and excellent saddle skills saw her smash through the 100 winners barrier for the year last November; in doing so became only the second female jockey to reach the mark.

She is presently based in Newmarket and principally connected to the powerful Hugo Palmer stable. If her current career trajectory is anything to go by victory in the 2018 Silk Series would come as no surprise at all.

Nicola Currie

This year’s up and coming contender is Lambourn-based Nicola Currie. Currie, who launched herself into the spotlight following a terrific treble at Chelmsford in January, will be hoping to continue her rapid career progress with strong displays throughout the Series.

Having already saddled 122 rides since the turn of the year, there is no doubt that the young apprentice seems to be gaining the trust of a wide variety of trainers and owners

The Silk Series will offer a total of £150,000 in prize money and will give the ladies plenty of opportunities to ride in front of some of the biggest crowds.

Any of these aforementioned leading lights will fancy their chances by the time the £20,000 final takes place on Ladies Day of the William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday 13 September 2018.

See the full fixtures and additional information here.

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