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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Georgia Cox leads the British charge in global lady jockeys' competition

Georgia Cox: happy to have Swedish riding experience
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Georgia Cox will represent Britain at the Lady Jockeys' Thoroughbred World Championship in Sweden on Sunday.

Last year's inaugural champion Maryline Eon received an automatic invitation to defend her title at Bro Park, while nine other female jockeys from around the globe were handed invites based on their profile and achievements in the saddle. 

Megan Nicholls was automatically invited after winning the 2017 Silk Series, but is not taking part in Sweden with Cox stepping up to the plate instead.

Cox, who is an apprentice with the William Haggas yard, is looking forward to the points-based competition held over five races.

She said: "It’s good to be picked and definitely an experience. I've never ridden in Sweden before so it’s nice to tick another place off.

"I've got five rides and there's the extra appeal of the new experience, the new people and a different track. The track looks nice, I've looked it up."

Bro Park, which hosts the Lady Jockeys' World Championship

The 21-year-old jockey is in her third season and has 55 wins in total, but admits this year hasn't gone as well as she had hoped with just four winners to her name so far.

She said: "My season hasn’t been great so far, but it’s just about keeping going really. The Silk Series has certainly helped."

The other riders taking part

Maryline Eon, 23 (France)
Has 170 wins to her name on the Flat and over jumps in France, won this last year and became the first woman to ride in the Group 1 Prix de Diane.

Danielle Johnson, 27 (New Zealand)
Highly experienced jockey who smashed all records as an apprentice and has 51 Group and Listed contests to her name, including four Group 1's.

Stefanie Koyuncu, 30 (Germany)
Daughter to successful German trainer Mario Hofer, she won two amateur championships, three apprentice championships and became the first woman to win a Group race in her country.

Josefin Landgren, 27 (Sweden)
Did not start riding professionally until 2016 but was champion Swedish amateur a year earlier.

Mickaëlle Michel, 22 (France)
Rising star of French racing has achieved several milestones for female riders in her country in 2018, becoming the first female jockey to ride a treble at a Premium race meeting. She was also the leading rider in France for almost three months before being overtaken by Christophe Soumillon.

Victoria Mota, 19 (Brazil)
Won her first ever race in 2016 aged just 17, before securing the champion apprentice title in 2016/17. She has now ridden more than 160 winners including two at Group level.

Anna Pilroth, 27 (Sweden)
Has 204 winners under her belt and is operating at a 17 per cent strike rate this season, riding mostly for her partner Tobias Hellgren's stable.

Ina Veronika Toverud, 27 (Norway)
After four years in Australia riding trackwork, barrier trials and a handful of races, Toverud returned to Norway in 2016 and became champion apprentice jockey in Scandanavia the following year.

Sara Vermeersch, 23 (Belgium)
Crowned the 2017 Longines World Fegentri Lady Rider Champion after winning an impressive seven races in the series and, in her first season as a professional, has won 14 times since January.

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