By Jon Lees
Sweden: Europe’s most prestigious competition for female jockeys has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic for the second year running with the cancellation of the Women Jockeys’ World Cup.
The international event, which has been staged at Bro Park in Stockholm since in 2017, was won by Japan’s Nanako Fujita in 2019 but hasn’t been able to take place since.
Traditionally staged in June, it is contested by riders from 12 countries and was won by French rider Maryline Eon in 2017 and Sweden’s Josefin Landgren in 2018.
Dennis Madsen, Svensk Galopp’s director of racing, said: “It is very frustrating to have to cancel the Women Jockeys’ World Cup for a second year running.
“The international nature of the event requires early planning and even with the concessions that are made for international sports, uncertainty around quarantine rules for jockeys returning home from Sweden forced our decision.
“We remain committed to creating high profile opportunities for top female riders and hope to return the event in 2022.”
He added: “Racing in Sweden continues to grow in popularity, and we recently announced a record entry for the Swedish Derby and Oaks series. The Women Jockeys’ World Cup is our most popular international event and we look forward to reinstating it at the earliest opportunity.”
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