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Female jockeys as good as men but get fewer top rides, says report

• Only one ride in 100 in top-level events goes to a female jockey
• Study looked at 14 racing seasons and more than one million rides

An analysis of the last 14 racing seasons and more than one million rides, on the Flat and over jumps, has cast fresh light on the representation of female jockeys in racing and in the best races in particular.

A summary of the study’s findings, which was published on Tuesday, concludes female riders perform no better or worse than their male counterparts on horses of similar ability, yet while women take about 9.5 % of rides in the lowest grade of races, only one ride in 100 in top-level events goes to a female jockey.

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