Information technology company Prolinx is sponsoring a new prize for female jockeys in British horse racing.
The Lady Jockey Championship will be given to the female jockey who fares best over the British flat racing season, which begins on 31st March and ends in November.
Prolinx is also sponsoring the 'Lady Jockey of the Year' award.
The championship will be divided into three sections – gold, silver and bronze. The gold award prize, for jockeys riding over 30 winners during the season, is UK£5,000; the silver award (10-29 winners) UK£3,000; and the bronze award (up to nine winners) UK£1,000.
Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, the organisation that signed the deal with Prolinx, said: “We are thrilled to be launching the first ever Ladies’ Jockeys Championship and delighted that Prolinx has agreed to be the sponsor. This new championship reflects the impact that has been made by female Jockeys in recent years and their growing influence in the sport.”