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The $500k horse racing prize that is only available to women

A new campaign has been launched to bring more women into the world of competitive horse racing – and it is working. The initiative, run by the Gold Coast's prestigious Magic Millions race, provides $500,000 in extra prize money for the top four female-owned horses in the competition. Regardless of where each horse finishes in the race, the fastest four horses owned and trained by women will receive a share of the $500,000 prize.

The campaign is the brainchild of Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey, who has long been determined to encourage more women to participate and succeed in horse racing.

"It's a grassroots revolution to get more women involved in the business of racing. I want them involved in choosing the yearling, choosing the trainer and taking the horse through the breeding cycle," she said.

"It doesn't matter if you are a male or a female, you can still own and choose a horse."

Currently, less than a quarter of racehorse owners in Australia are female. This figure is even lower when it comes to owning or training high level horses in Australia's best stables. These numbers are particularly concerning given that women dominate in entry-level racing and in junior stable positions. Horse riding as a childhood hobby is largely dominated by young girls. So why do women fall out of the industry in senior positions?

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