Europe’s most prestigious competition for female jockeys has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic for the second year running.
Take carried the torch in Ritto City, watched by around 200 spectators, as it continued its route to the capital for the Games which will start on July 23.
Japan’s leading female rider will carry the flame during its passage from the cities of Kiyose to Fuchu on July 14.
Female riders Manami Nagashima. aged 18, and Naho Furukawa, 20, are among eight new applicants to secure a JRA licence.
Mickaelle Michel has become the first European female in JRA history to receive a licence to ride in Japan’s top tier.
The hugely popular Nanako Fujita further enhanced her status among Japan’s jockey ranks by riding five winners across the weekend.
French riding sensation Mickaelle Michel’s chances of riding regularly on Japan’s premier circuit have received a major boost.
The hugely popular Nanako Fujita reached a significant landmark in her riding career by partnering her 100th career winner on Saturday.