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 4th July. 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 former ABBA star saw his Chess Racing colours carried to victory by the Jessica Long-trained Ray, who won the first race when Bro Park officially opened its gates for the first time in June 2016.
The one-day championship was be staged over five competitive handicaps. The remaining race on the card was be dedicated to female amateur riders. The day was be presented by international racing presenter Derek Thompson.