Photo: Steven Cargill/Svensk Galopp
Photo: Steven Cargill/Svensk Galopp
Photo: Steven Cargill/Svensk Galopp

2019 Jockeys

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Jeane Alves de Lemos

Jeane Alves de Lemos made history in Brazil during the 2016/17 season by becoming the first woman ever to win the Jockey Championships. Her determination to win and be amongst the best has cemented her place is Brazilian turf history.

Born in Acopriara in 1988, at the age of 12 she began to participate in vaquejada (a northern Brazilian cowboy sport). Her passion for all things equine and competing grew and she dreamed of becoming a jockey like her cousins D. Lemos and AD Alves. Against her parents’ wishes at the age of 20 she travelled to São Paulo to pursue a career as a jockey. In June 2008 she started riding as an apprentice at the Jockey Club de São Paulo and shortly after won her first apprentice race.

In 2014 Alves became the first Brazilian to represent her country in the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) winning the UK leg of the international riders’ competition at Newbury racecourse. In 2015 she became the female jockey to win a Grade 1 in her native Brazil taking the Grande Prêmio Jockey Club Brasileiro (Gr.1).

She continues to break records on her home turf and has four Grade 1 wins and more than 600 victories under her belt.

Jeane Alves de Lemos

Age: 31
Nationality: Brazilian
Number of rides: 4,660
Winners: 602 (597 at Jockey Club de São Paulo)
Prize money: Ca R$6 million (ca €1.4 million)
Most important wins: GP Jockey Club Brasileiro (Gr.1) and the 2016/17 Jockey Championships
Lowest riding weight: 53 kg

Jeane Alves de Lemos

Age: 31
Nationality: Brazilian
Number of rides: 4,660
Winners: 602 (597 at Jockey Club de São Paulo)
Prize money: Ca R$6 million (ca €1.4 million)
Most important wins: GP Jockey Club Brasileiro (Gr.1) and the 2016/17 Jockey Championships
Lowest riding weight: 53 kg

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Georgia Cox

Georgia Cox, apprentice to Classic winning Newmarket trainer William Haggas, staked her claim on future stardom when winning the 2016 Racing Excellence Training Series, a British Horseracing Authority-backed initiative to promote and encourage emerging talent, but was her partnership with the Haggas-trained, Theydon Grey, that provided one of the springboards to the launch of her career.

Three consecutive victories at York aboard the five-year-old gelding, who had previously been unplaced at the track under three-times champion jockey, Ryan Moore, propelled her into the headlines and provided some of the most memorable moments of her career which also include riding for Her Majesty The Queen.

Born in Cambridge just outside Newmarket, the 22-year-old is in her fourth season and has 58 winners to her credit and is very much looking forward to adding international experience to her already impressive CV.

Georgia Cox

Age: 22
Nationality: British
Number of rides: 451
Winners: 60
Prize money: SEK 6,646,941 (£468,019)
Most important wins: The Goodwood ‘Famous for Food’ Handicap in 2017 on Novoman
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

Georgia Cox

Age: 22
Nationality: British
Number of rides: 451
Winners: 60
Prize money: SEK 6,646,941 (£468,019)
Most important wins: The Goodwood ‘Famous for Food’ Handicap in 2017 on Novoman
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

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Rebecca Danz

Winner of the 2019 Pearl Necklace, Germany’s most important competition for lady jockeys, Danz has an international riding career spanning from Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and now Sweden. She is currently stable jockey to trainer Jens Hirschberger.

The 29-year-old from Oberhausen began her racing career in September 2006 as an apprentice. Two years of hard work paid off when she rode in her first race and then shortly after celebrated her first win on Almano at Saabrucken, completing her apprenticeship with Torsten Mundry in 2009.

Danz’s list of success sees a lot of firsts. In 2011 she became the first and only female jockey to win four races at Baden Baden, all four victories for trainer Nadine Verheyen. June 2013 saw her become the first female jockey to win a race in Turkey and in October the same year she became the first female jockey to win a race in Qatar.

Her 50th victory came two years after her Qatar success on Quatro at Dresden and since then honours and celebrations have continued to propel Danz into the limelight. In 2016 she was awarded the Turf Champion South West. In the snow and ice of St. Moritz in February of last year, victory in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship on board Dynamites led her to qualify for the hot sands in Abu Dhabi and a place in the November final where she was crowned 2018 champion in the series.

Rebecca Danz

Age: 29
Nationality: German
Numer of rides: 1,416
Career wins: 90
Prize money: SEK 6 914 961 (€655 876)
Highlight: 2018 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championships in Abu Dhabi
Lowest riding weight: 51 kg

Rebecca Danz

Age: 29
Nationality: German
Numer of rides: 1,416
Career wins: 90
Prize money: SEK 6 914 961 (€655 876)
Highlight: 2018 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championships in Abu Dhabi
Lowest riding weight: 51 kg

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Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott from England has always had a passion for horses and set her heart on becoming a jockey from a young age. Having graduated through a racing college in Britain she gained her first job in the sport working for multiple Classic-winning trainer Ralph Beckett, where she was closely associated with Epsom Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture.

From there, she spent two seasons with Michael Appleby where her career as a jockey started to progress and she furthered her prospects by making the move to Newmarket to team up with George Margarson. This switch proved the catalyst to better things as across the next two years she amassed 56 winners for an array of different trainers, including Mark Johnston – the winning-most trainer in the history of British racing – and Group 1-winning handler David Barron. 

Having teamed up with Tom Dascombe at the start of this season, Elliott has already ridden a further 14 winners, meaning she sits second in the apprentice title in Britain and is well on course for her best-ever tally.  With a total of 78 winners to her name and over £600,000 in prize-money earnings accumulated, Jane Elliott is one of the brightest young prospects in British racing.   

Jane Elliott

Age: 24
Nationality:  British
Number of rides: 835
Career Wins: 78
Prize money: £606,277
Most important win: Sha La La La Lee, Class 2 Handicap, Chester, 10th May 2019
Lowest riding weight: 49,5 kg

Jane Elliott

Age: 24
Nationality:  British
Number of rides: 835
Career Wins: 78
Prize money: £606,277
Most important win: Sha La La La Lee, Class 2 Handicap, Chester, 10th May 2019
Lowest riding weight: 49,5 kg

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Nanako Fujita

The 22-year-old Nanako Fujita is the only female rider in the Japan Racing Association (JRA) ranks and is already the winning most female jockey in JRA history, eclipsing the previous record of 34 held by Yukiko Masuzawa.

Fujita debuted in 2016 as an apprentice to former jockey, Yasuhiro Nemoto, based in Miho Training Centre, east Japan. The country’s first female jockey for more than three years, she rapidly built a large fan base attracting huge media attention.

Fujita’s first season yielded a tally of six winners and her talent continued to show with 14 wins in 2017 and a further 27 victories last year.

Success continues and in February Fujita rode her 50th JRA winner in her three-year career and made history by becoming the first female JRA jockey to compete in a Grade 1 race, riding Copano Kicking in the February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. As of 2nd June, she has won 15 races in 2019 and is ranked 33rd in JRA.

Nanako Fujita

Age: 22
Nationality: Japanese
Number of rides: 1586
Career Wins: 62
Prize money: JPY 855,580,000
Highlight: Hokuriku Stakes on Belmont Lahaina in 2017
Lowest riding weight: 48 kg

Nanako Fujita

Age: 22
Nationality: Japanese
Number of rides: 1586
Career Wins: 62
Prize money: JPY 855,580,000
Highlight: Hokuriku Stakes on Belmont Lahaina in 2017
Lowest riding weight: 48 kg

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Ulrika Holmquist

25-year-old Ulrika Holmquist is currently having a seasonal start that any jockey would be delighted with and consequently she is hot property within Swedish racing and National press.

Originally from Gothenburg, Holmquist began her career in New Zealand in 2013/14 with a splash, by winning 10 out of her 63 rides in the first part of the season. After 40 wins in New Zealand she returned to her native Sweden in 2016.  In 2017 she competed in the World Apprentice Championships in Abu Dhabi having won the New York qualifying leg on a complete outsider.

Having ridden out her claim last year, she is now riding with even more confidence and has every reason to be doing so.  On June 6, she made headlines in the Swedish National newspapers by winning four of the six races at Nationaldagsgaloppen at Gardet on the Swedish National Day.  One of the victories meant a little more than the rest; she won the Swedish qualifying leg of the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship series and will now head to Abu Dhabi for the final in November.  She has since then followed up by winning the Swedish 2000 Guineas at Bro Park on June 16 onboard 50/1 long shot Arabianranta.

Ulrika Holmquist is based at Bro Park in Stockholm where she rides out for trainer Annika Sjökvist. She travels to all the Scandinavian tracks to ride.

Ulrika Holmquist

Age: 25
Nationality: Swedish
Number of rides: 1,200
Winners: 87
Total prize money won: SEK 8,815,977
Most important win: The Swedish 2000 Guineas sponsored by Jockeyklubben at Bro Park in 2019
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

Ulrika Holmquist

Age: 25
Nationality: Swedish
Number of rides: 1,200
Winners: 87
Total prize money won: SEK 8,815,977
Most important win: The Swedish 2000 Guineas sponsored by Jockeyklubben at Bro Park in 2019
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

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Kaia Sofie Ingolfsland

Oslo-based Kaia Sofie Ingolfsland is one of Norway’s fastest rising stars having already ridden 37 winners in her fledgling career which began in 2016.

Although Ingolfsland took riding lessons from an early age her initial focus was on handball, a sport in which she excelled and represented her country at secondary school.  At the age of 18 and disadvantaged among her handball contemporaries by her height and weight she turned her attention to horses and an amateur licence soon followed.

Within two years Ingolfsland became an apprentice and is currently working full-time with one of Scandinavia’s leading trainers, Wido Neuroth, and with her talents increasing catching the attention of trainers can usually be found on a Scandinavian racetrack whenever there is racing.

Ingolfsland’s most important win to date was aboard Barny who she rode to win the EMPA Øvrevoll Sprint Cup for Annette Stjernstrand on Norwegian National Day.

Kaia Sofie Ingolfsland

Age: 22
Nationality:  Norwegian
Number of rides: 289
Career Wins: 37
Prize money: NOK 2.3m
Most important win: EPMA Øvrevoll Sprint Cup 2019 with Barny
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

Kaia Sofie Ingolfsland

Age: 22
Nationality:  Norwegian
Number of rides: 289
Career Wins: 37
Prize money: NOK 2.3m
Most important win: EPMA Øvrevoll Sprint Cup 2019 with Barny
Lowest riding weight: 52 kg

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Josefin Landgren

Reigning champion Josefin Landgren did not start riding professionally until 2016, but she had already proved talented in the saddle with 30 victories as an amateur.

Landgren started by riding out for a local trainer close to her family home in Höör in Sweden’s southernmost region and got her amateur license in 2010. After becoming the champion amateur jockey in Sweden in 2015, she decided it was time to switch to an apprentice licence and signed a contract with top Swedish trainer Lennart Jr Reuterskiöld. It did not take long until she had ridden out her claim.

From her base in Malmö in the south of Sweden, Landgren travels to all the racecourses in her native country as well as to Norway and Denmark, and has now ridden a total of 87 winners on the Scandinavian tracks.

In 2018 she claimed the world championship title at Bro Park holding off strong competition from top female riders representing eight different nationalities including the winner of the inaugural event, France’s Maryline Eon. 

Josefin Landgren

Age: 28
Country: Sweden
Number of rides: Ca 700
Career Wins: 87
Prize money: SEK 5,376,846
Highlight: Women Jockeys’ World Cup in 2018
Lowest riding weight: 54 kg

Josefin Landgren

Age: 28
Country: Sweden
Number of rides: Ca 700
Career Wins: 87
Prize money: SEK 5,376,846
Highlight: Women Jockeys’ World Cup in 2018
Lowest riding weight: 54 kg

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Alison Massin

Born into the racing world, Massin’s career in the saddle comes as no surprise. Her mother was a jockey and her stepfather rode for top French trainer Yann Barberot.

Having already proven her riding ability with 23 winners as an amateur she continued her success with three wins shortly after turning professional in 2015. During the same year she ventured to America, riding trackwork at Santa Anita for Leo Powell. A career as an American jockey proved tough (only 8% of the 1,500 licensed jockeys are female in the States), so she returned to France in August 2016 where she followed up with seven wins.

Massin is now riding with more confidence and her achievements continue to grow. In 2017 she rode 17 winners and last year saw 36 wins.

Massin currently rides for Stephane Wattel. Her dream is to ride in a Group 1 race and she is looking forward to riding in the Women Jockeys’ World Cup.

Alison Massin

Age: 27
Nationality: French
Number of rides: Ca 1000
Winners: 90
Prize money: €1,455,510
Most important win: Several Class 2 races in France
Lowest riding weight: 49.5 kg

Alison Massin

Age: 27
Nationality: French
Number of rides: Ca 1000
Winners: 90
Prize money: €1,455,510
Most important win: Several Class 2 races in France
Lowest riding weight: 49.5 kg

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Sophie Ralston

Apprentice to British trainer Dean Ivory, Sophie Ralston’s love of racing came from a natural passion for horses rather than a sporting background. She began riding at the age of 11, working in a yard in return for lessons where her ambition to become a professional jockey was formed.

A regular on the pony racing circuit, Ralston joined the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Ireland after secondary school before securing a position at Pat Phelan’s Epsom yard where she spent seven years.

In 2017 Ralston was nominated by RACE to represent Ireland in the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship where she competed in the German qualifier earning a place in the Abu Dhabi final which she was forced to miss through injury.

A successful partnership with the Tony Carroll-trained Oeil De Tigre, who she partnered to victory in three consecutive starts at Goodwood last year, attracted public and media attention helping to further her international career which has recently included race riding in Cyprus and at the National Day races in Stockholm earlier this month.

Sophie Ralston

Age: 26
Nationality:  Irish
Number of rides: 215
Career Wins: 20
Prize money: £172,504
Most important win: Three successive wins with Oeil de Tigre at Goodwood in 2018
Lowest riding weight: 47.6 kg

Sophie Ralston

Age: 26
Nationality:  Irish
Number of rides: 215
Career Wins: 20
Prize money: £172,504
Most important win: Three successive wins with Oeil de Tigre at Goodwood in 2018
Lowest riding weight: 47.6 kg