Increasing opportunities for professional female riders
The inaugural Lady Jockeys’ Thoroughbred World Championship presented by Chess Racing saw nine of the world's leading female riders compete in a one-day championship at Bro Park in Sweden on 4 July 2017. The riders were handpicked for their talent in the saddle and international profile. Designed to promote Scandinavian racing and expand international opportunities for professional female riders, the event received the backing of leading Swedish owner and breeder Benny Andersson.
The championship is set to return to the Stockholm venue on Sunday, 5 August 2018. French ace Maryline Eon who was crowned champion in 2017 when the event was staged shortly after her Group 1 debut in the Prix de Diane in June, receives an automatic invitation to defend her title as does Megan Nicholls, winner of Arena Racing Company’s innovative Silk Series, also staged for the first time last year across nine tracks in the UK.
Invitations will be issued to a further eight female jockeys, each hand-picked for their international profile and achievements in the saddle, to take part in the points-based competition run over five races on the Sunday afternoon card.