Josefin Landgren, a 27-year-old professional rider from Sweden was crowned champion in the second running of the Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship at Bro Park, Stockholm today in an event which brought together ten international female riders representing Great Britain, France, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, Norway, Belgium and Sweden in a points-based competition decided over five races.
Landgren, who clinched the title with a total of 54 points ahead of Brazilian ace Victoria Mota on 48, got off to a flying start and took an early lead scoring in the opener, a 1,200m contest, aboard the locally-trained Varlo, with Mota in second place and Mickaelle Michel from France back in third.
The tables turned in the second leg with the pair again filling the top two places, but this time with Mota coming out on top on the French-bred Rue D’Argent trained at Jaegersro by Dina Danekilde, leaving Landgren in her wake.
Georgia Cox representing Great Britain got on the scoresheet winning the third leg of the competition aboard Thewaytoyou trained at Bro Park by Isadora Karlson-Gomez. The 21-year-old apprentice to Newmarket trainer, William Haggas told raceday host, Derek Thompson, “I am so thrilled to have been invited to take part in such a big international event. He gave me a great ride and it was all quite easy in the end. I knew I was on the winner all the way round and when we turned into the straight he just went. I didn’t have the best of luck in running in the first two legs and it’s really good to get on the scoreboard.”
The battle between Mota and Landgren continued into the penultimate leg of the competition where they finished fourth and fifth respectively, the race won by Belgian rider Sara Vermeerch leaving Langdren nursing a narrow three-points lead over her rival.
Victory for Landgran in the fifth and final leg aboard Castillo, trained at Bro Park by Patrick Whal, sealed the title for the Swede who said, “I am so happy and I am grateful to Svensk Galopp for giving me the opportunity to ride in the championship. It has been a great event and all the girls have had a really good time.”
Landgren received the Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship trophy from Svensk Galopp CEO Fredrik Reuterskiold who said, “We are proud to host the Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship. The future is very bright for Swedish racing and considering it is only two years since we opened Bro Park and we are delighted with the progress and development. I am very pleased for Josefin.”
Maryline Eon from France who won the inaugural running of the event, finished the competition in joint seventh place with 20 points.
Dennis Madson, Svensk Galopp’s Director of Racing who devised the competition said, “We already have world-class owners, breeders and trainers and now we have a world champion jockey. It’s a great result for Josefin and a great result for Swedish racing and I am so pleased there was a good crowd here today to celebrate Josefin’s victory.”
Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship Final Standings
Josefin Landgren (Sweden) 54
Victoria Mota (Brazil) 48
Sara Vermeerch (Belgium) 40
Anna Pilroth (Sweden) 36
Georgia Cox (Great Britain) 23
Mickaelle Michel (France) 21
Ina V. Toverud (Norway) 20
Maryline Eon (France) 20
Stefanie Koyuncu (Germany) 17
Danielle Johnson 14
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