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Lady jockey race, pampering and relaxation – all in one great Ladies Day

7 November 2008

From high class horse racing to relaxation and rejuvenation, Riccarton Park Racecourse has got everything the ladies could want in one great day – Ladies Day.

Wednesday 12 November will feature the first female only jockey race to be held in New Zealand as part of the Dr LeWinn’s Ladies Championship Race.  The jockeys will compete to take a place in the Dr LeWinn’s series at Moonee Valley in Australia, in October 2009.

Jo Griffin from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing said the Kiwi talent is very strong.

Lisa Allpress from Wanganui is one of our more senior riders and is an extremely dedicated and talented rider. She has ridden approximately 440 winners to date and is a likely starter in the Ladies Day feature race, the Group 2 Coupland’s Bakery Mile if her mount - one of the North Island raiders - makes the field.

“Also one of our young rising stars, Ashlee Mundy from Westport, has recently completed her apprenticeship and has had just over 100 winning race rides during her career to date and is now riding out of Christchurch,” she said.

This established championship for female Jockeys and female Apprentice Jockeys, the Dr LeWinn’s race will feature the first leg of two scheduled, the second being held at Ellerslie on December 10.

Amidst the hype of New Zealand Cup and Show Week, ladies can enjoy all things female - a warm spring carnival day supporting female jockeys whilst enjoying live entertainment, fashion competitions, fabulous food, and rejuvenation in the Dr LeWinn’s Rest and Relaxation area.

Sherrill Towner from Dr Le Winn’s said it was the hype and enthusiasm of New Zealand Cup and Show Week that drew her to make one of the New Zealand legs during this week.

“It was a natural progression to expand with Moonee Valley Racing Club the unique Dr LeWinn’s Ladies Championship Series.

“We have been involved in the thoroughbred industry for many years, breeding horses, racing them, and the Spring Racing Luncheon the day before the Cox Plate. Now we’ve had the Ladies Championship for three years and we’re looking to expand the race internationally and New Zealand was the best way to do this,” she said.

With the mix of racing and fashion a sure thing wherever you now go, bringing skincare and pamper products into the equation seems like a sensible option with limitless opportunities for growth.

“The Spring Racing Luncheon was the perfect opportunity for Dr LeWinn’s Skincare to become associated with racing. Now the booked out luncheon in Melbourne grow’s every year with a 1000 seat capacity.

 “Who knows what this new Ladies Championship Race at Riccarton could for New Zealand racing. The New Zealand lady Jockeys are definitely top class sportswomen who are world class riders. We look forward to the winners joining us next year at Moonee Valley,” said Sherrill.

The Dr LeWinn’s Ladies Championship Series race has become a real talking point amongst female riders in Australia with many aspiring to gain an invitation each year.

Also known as the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Day, Ladies Day is the richest open handicap race worth $300,000 over a 1600 metre track.

Riccarton’s NZ Cup Meeting – Day 2 (Ladies Day) kicks off at 12.10 pm so ladies are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets at a discounted price from

Course Entrance tickets cost $10 for the day with the Dr LeWinn's Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation Area ticket $79 - includes entrance / racebook / scrumptious food / a first drink / a quality "goody" bag valued at over $100 / MC and entertainment (pre raceday purchase option only).

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