Radio star Jo Whiley says she cannot wait to head to Cumbria to host Carlisle Racecourse’s special ‘Party In The Paddock’ on #AmazingMonday.
Broadcaster and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo will perform a not-to-be-missed post-race DJ set as part of the racecourse’s annual Ladies Day event which takes place on Monday August 7.
#AmazingMonday is the UK’s only all-female jockey race meeting as Cumbria’s premier racecourse once again celebrates and promotes women in racing.
On top of a day of top quality flat racing on the track, the event is an ever-popular fixture in Cumbria’s social calendar oozing style, glamour and fun.
Jo said: “I really love playing at racecourses, the people there are really up for a party. Whether the racegoers are celebrating or commiserating, they are in the best of moods and ready to dance – it’s a real party atmosphere.
“I love looking out at a sea of people having a good time. All the girls are dressed in their amazing outfits, carrying their heels, and just having a great time.
“My set is packed full of great tunes, a real range of music from The Killers to Abba, and I throw a bit of Beyonce and Chic in there together with Frank Sinatra. The one song which really gets everyone on their feet and dancing… that has to be House of Pain’s dancefloor classic Jump Around!”
Now in its seventh year, #AmazingMonday is at the forefront of promoting women in racing. 2016 saw the introduction of the Jockey Club North West Development Award for female jockeys.
This unique £20,000 award is presented to the jockey who rides a winner on #AmazingMonday and then goes on to win the Betfred Ladies’ Trophy Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park on Saturday August 12.
Jo, who will be Dj-ing at both Carlisle and Haydock Park, added: “I love the North West, I’ve been there countless times over the years.
“I was at the One Love concert in Manchester recently which, of course, was an incredible event. The music that has come from that part of the world has been in my life forever from New Order to the Happy Mondays and Oasis. I love going to gigs, and to the Hacienda back in the day, so I can’t wait to get back up there for these two events.”
As for horse racing and the Jockey Club’s celebration and promotion of female jockeys, Jo, who was first introduced to the sport by her father, is a big fan.
The DJ, who has championed countless young female music acts in her career, said: “I think in any walk of life it is essential that we shout up about talent whether that is in music, racing, anything.
“It’s fantastic Jockey Club NW is doing this for up and coming jockeys and hopefully it can really help them achieve their dreams in the sport.
“I’m a great believer that if you have a talent, whether you are male or female, you should be given every opportunity to reach your full potential.”
Last year, Cumbria’s own Emma Sayer secured the £20,000 Development Award prize which provides an opportunity for personal development to support individual requirements for female jockeys. This could take the form of extra tuition or course fees, and will be dictated by the winning jockey.
Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said #AmazingMonday was shaping up to be another fantastic day.
And she said Jo Whiley was the perfect choice to lead the post-race party after a day of top quality racing.
Geraldine said: “We love #AmazingMonday, it’s one of the highlights of our race calendar both in terms of the action on the track and the atmosphere in the stands and around the course.
“We are very proud to host the world’s first ever all-female race day, still the UK’s only such day, and we hope another young jockey will go and win the Development Award which can make such a difference to their career.
“And, of course, we are delighted Jo Whiley will be the star of our Party In The Paddock. Jo is not only one of our top national broadcasters, but a true champion of women in music.
“Given the ethos of #AmazingMonday, which is to celebrate, empower and promote women in racing, Jo is the perfect choice.
“It should be a great day both on and off the track and an event not to be missed.”
Gates open on #AmazingMonday at Carlisle Racecourse at Opens 2.30pm on August 7. First race is 5.30pm, last race 8.30pm. To buy tickets call 0344 579 3002 or go online at carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk
Following #Amazing Monday there will be afternoon flat racing on Wednesday August 23 followed by evening racing on Tuesday August 29.