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Chantal Sutherland

Chantal Sutherland: returned to race-riding at Woodbine in Toronto

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Sutherland comes out of retirement in Toronto

Canada: Chantal Sutherland, one of the most high-profile female riders in the world, returned to race-riding on Friday eight months after announcing her retirement in October last year.

Canadian-born Sutherland, 37, finished fifth on Solidus in a maiden claimer at Woodbine in Toronto, where she also has two rides booked on Saturday and four more on Sunday.

"I just started dreaming about it again," said Sutherland, who had been exercising horses in the morning in southern California.

"All of a sudden I started waking up at 4am," she added. "I missed it too much; I love all the people at the racetrack."

Sutherland, who rode at last year's Shergar Cup, was Canada's champion apprentice in 2001 and 2002 and has 931 career victories to her credit in North America.

Best known for her association with multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude, on whom she won the Santa Anita Handicap in 2011. She intends to ride this summer at Del Mar, which starts on July 18.

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