The inaugural Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship was presented by Chess Racing, the Swedish racing and breeding operation founded by Benny Andersson.
Benny Andersson’s introduction to horse racing came in the mid-1980s with a visit to a family-run yard on the outskirts of Malmo in the South West of the country when Caroline Stromberg, who purchased Andersson’s first ever horse, Secret Army, was at the helm.
Caroline’s daughter, Jessica Long took over the running of the operation with her husband Padraig in 2009, returning to her native Sweden following stints at various stud farms in Britain and Ireland which included three seasons at Coolmore Stud.
Of Chess Racing’s six horses currently in training the most successful is Berling, still competing in the top tier of Scandinavian racing at ten years old, although Long has said this will likely be his last season.
Beatrice Aurore, who trained by John Dunlop OBE won Goodwood’s Listed Height of Fashion Stakes en route to taking her place in the line-up for the 2011 Oaks, and Vigelegere have both been prolific in their breeding careers.
Sing A Rainbow, a Frankel filly out of Beatrice Aurore and currently in training with Amanda Perrett in West Sussex, is among the exciting prospects for the future for the distinctive black and silver colours of Chess Racing.
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